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More Americans are Trying to Lose Weight Than Ever Before, Study Finds

More people are dieting as the obesity rate goes up.

There's a reason the aisles of your local grocery store are packed with keto snacks, plant-based meat alternatives, and other diet-centric foods. More Americans are dieting right now than ever before, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An ongoing national survey has been asking Americans if they're on a diet for weight loss or other health reasons. Responses recorded between 2017 and 2018 revealed that 17% of participants were on a diet. That figure was up 3% over the previous 10 years. (Related: 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.)

The obesity rate for the U.S. also rose from 34% to 42% during the same time period, according to the Associated Press. Twenty-three percent of obese Americans said they were dieting, according to the report. Among respondents, 18% of non-Hispanic white Americans, 16% of Hispanic Americans, and 15% of Asian and Black Americans said they were dieting. In addition, more women than men and more Americans 40 years old and over reported being on a diet.

Keto is officially America's favorite diet this year, according to an analysis released over the summer. Searches for diets like GOLO, intermittent fasting, noom, and Sirtfood are popular on Google, too. If you're on a diet, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic may not have slowed down your goals. Sales of vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, paleo, and keto products flew off the shelves in 2020 as more people shifting to cooking at home.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda
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