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Americans Have Weight Expectations

Posted - Apr. 12, 2004 at 9:20 a.m.



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Americans are sick of being called fatties - and 30 percent plan to go on a diet this spring, a new poll shows.

Of that number, women are apparently more motivated - with 34 percent saying they'll shed weight, compared with 26 percent of men who plan to drop some pounds.

The survey, by New York-based DietDirectives.com, also found that 67 percent of Americans want to lose some weight.

Of those, Southerners express the most desire to slim down (71 percent), followed by folks from the Northeast (66 percent), the Midwest (64 percent) and the West (64 percent).

Other findings include:

* 57 percent of Americans admit to between-meal snacking.

* 39 percent admit to craving fast food.

Joan Breibart, co-founder of the site, said dieters should keep track of their chewing. "Tracking your bites for three days will tell you about quantity," she said, adding that small meals should be 12 to 16 bites and medium meals 18 to 22 bites.

Bill Hoffmann

Copyright 2004 NYP Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved.

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