By BRIAN SCHOEN, Associated Press WriterFor the first time, more Americans say they eat more than they exercise to lose weight, but most don’t necessarily want to, according to a new survey by the nonprofit Healthways Wellness Center.
The survey, conducted last week and released Monday, found that more than half of adults say they exercise, but only 37 percent say they are eating more than is healthy.
The numbers are similar among the younger, college-educated adults and those who do not live in metropolitan areas.
The findings underscore how difficult it is for many Americans to lose the weight that is often associated with exercise, said Susan Stegman, senior vice president of research for the center, which focuses on obesity prevention.
The study also found that the number of people who said they eat healthy at least once a week is still small compared with other countries.
The average amount of healthy eating that Americans do is about twice as much as that of the average person in other developed nations, the survey found.
The most common answer for those who said the most important thing about eating healthier was exercise was to eat less than they did before, the poll showed.
That was more common among the older age group and people with high incomes.
Among the adults who did not eat more before, people who had children were less likely to say eating more was important.
The poll found that people who are overweight or obese have higher risks for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and Type 1 diabetes.
People who are obese are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes.
Stegman said the survey showed that more Americans are taking steps to be healthier.
The best way to do that is to eat well, to exercise and to be physically active.
And that’s what is being done,” she said.
“It’s a start.””
We’re all overweight, but it is not a cure-all,” Duquettesaid.
“It’s a start.”
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