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Research Letter
March 7, 2017

Change in Percentages of Adults With Overweight or Obesity Trying to Lose Weight, 1988-2014

Author Affiliations
  • 1Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro
  • 2College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro
JAMA. 2017;317(9):971-973. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.20036

Socially acceptable body weight is increasing.1 If more individuals who are overweight or obese are satisfied with their weight, fewer might be motivated to lose unhealthy weight. This study assessed the trend in the percentage of adults who were overweight or obese and trying to lose weight during 3 periods from 1988 through 2014.

We used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), an ongoing, stratified, multistage probability sample of the US noninstitutionalized population designed to represent the health and nutritional status of the general population. A strength of NHANES is that the sampling approaches, interviews, and physical examination methods are standardized across surveys and have been published extensively elsewhere.2 NHANES protocol was approved by the National Center for Health Statistics institutional review board, and written informed consent was obtained.2 The current analysis was categorized as exempt by the Georgia Southern University institutional review board.