By The Associated PressAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – As the summer season nears its end, the American public has more questions than answers about how much to eat and how to maintain weight loss, according to a survey.
Researchers at The Associated Bank for Public Insight and The Washington Post asked 2,800 adults how much weight they are on track for this year, a key gauge of how much we have to lose.
More than 60 percent of respondents were already at least a couple of pounds lighter than they were a year ago, and 26 percent were between about a couple pounds and about a third lighter, the survey found.
Nearly half said they were already on track.
“People are more worried about what to eat this year than they have been in years,” said Robert Shoup, the chief economist at The Washington Bankers Association and co-author of the survey.
“People have been getting sick and tired of having to keep up with the weight of the world and the way the world is changing.”
Many of the people surveyed said they are tired of seeing their friends and family at the gym, saying they don’t want to have to pay for it.
The survey also found that nearly one-third of Americans said they’re already on a diet, but the amount of food they’re eating is not enough to keep them on track with their weight loss goals.
The most common reasons for not keeping up with their eating habits include fear of weight gain, financial issues, and health concerns.
The survey also shows that a majority of Americans are on average just 1.7 pounds overweight or obese, with an average of 12.3 percent of adults obese or overweight.
That’s the highest rate since at least 1999.
The American Association of Retired Persons said the survey showed that Americans are “worried about the consequences of dieting and exercise for their health.”
“The number of Americans who are overweight or morbidly obese is expected to continue rising,” said the association’s executive director, Amy LeFever.
The AP contributed to this report.