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Managing current weight: lose, maintain or do neither?*


Demographic
Groups

Total
Respond.#
Trying to lose weight
 
N       %   C.I.(95%)
Maintain weight
 
N       %   C.I.(95%)
Neither
 
N       %   C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 3013 1144  36.9  (34.9-38.9) 1213  40.9  (38.8-43.0) 656  22.2  (20.6-24.0)
GENDER        
Male 1144  326  27.7  (24.8-30.8)  500  44.5  (41.2-47.9) 318  27.8  (24.9-30.8)
Female 1869  818  45.3  (42.8-47.9)  713  37.5  (35.1-40.0) 338  17.2  (15.3-19.2)
RACE        
White 2315  875  36.3  (34.1-38.6)  946  41.4  (39.1-43.7) 494  22.3  (20.4-24.3)
African American  593  226  38.5  (33.8-43.4)  230  39.7  (34.8-44.8) 137  21.8  (18.2-26.0)
AGE        
18-24  247   80  28.7  (22.4-35.9)  103  44.0  (36.4-51.9)  64  27.3  (21.2-34.5)
25-34  542  220  39.4  (34.7-44.3)  196  37.4  (32.8-42.2) 126  23.2  (19.5-27.4)
35-44  624  265  41.8  (37.6-46.2)  247  39.1  (34.9-43.4) 112  19.1  (15.7-23.0)
45-54  553  234  40.3  (35.8-45.0)  233  42.9  (38.2-47.6)  86  16.8  (13.6-20.7)
55-64  407  165  41.6  (36.5-46.9)  162  39.2  (34.1-44.4)  80  19.2  (15.4-23.7)
65+  622  175  27.9  (24.2-31.9)  265  43.5  (39.3-47.8) 182  28.5  (24.8-32.6)
EDUCATION        
Less Than H.S.  509  136  25.7  (21.6-30.3)  208  42.4  (37.1-47.9) 165  31.8  (27.1-36.9)
H.S. or G.E.D.  940  358  37.8  (34.3-41.3)  371  39.0  (35.5-42.6) 211  23.2  (20.3-26.5)
Some Post-H.S.  756  310  40.3  (36.3-44.5)  299  39.7  (35.6-43.9) 147  20.0  (16.9-23.4)
College Graduate  802  338  39.7  (35.8-43.7)  334  43.4  (39.5-47.5) 130  16.9  (14.0-20.1)
HOUSEHOLD INCOME        
Less than $15,000  338  101  26.7  (21.9-32.2)  139  44.2  (38.2-50.5)  98  29.1  (23.7-35.1)
$15,000- 24,999  557  207  37.0  (32.4-41.8)  227  41.6  (36.7-46.7) 123  21.4  (17.7-25.7)
$25,000- 34,999  425  149  32.6  (27.8-37.7)  177  42.5  (37.0-48.1)  99  25.0  (20.4-30.2)
$35,000- 49,999  446  193  40.8  (35.6-46.3)  162  36.4  (31.3-41.7)  91  22.8  (18.6-27.6)
$50,000+  772  331  41.1  (37.1-45.2)  317  41.9  (37.9-46.0) 124  17.0  (14.1-20.4)

*Data in this table were derived from two weight control questions regarding losing or maintaining current weight.
#Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50. N = Cell Size, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics.