Health polls: Special report on weight loss

To lose weight, what would you be most willing to do?
  • Take an experimental drug.
  • Undergo weight loss surgery.
  • Wire your jaws shut for a year.
  • Leave family and friends for six months to attend a weight-loss retreat.

How worried are you about obesity?
  • It's a crisis. Something has to be done or our children will be the first generation ever to live shorter lives than their parents.
  • It's a concern, but overblown by the media.
  • Stop worrying. Fat is beautiful.
  • There is no obesity crisis.

What regulatory action would be most useful in helping you lose weight?
  • Labeling menu items with calorie amounts .
  • Removal of vending machines from school or workplace .
  • Selling all prepared food in single-serving sizes .
  • Taxes on junk food.

Where do you gain weight first?
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • All over

What's your biggest dietary pitfall?
  • Snacks
  • Desserts
  • Portion size
  • Binge eating

What most often gets in the way of exercise?
  • Work
  • Kids
  • Social engagements
  • Laziness

Who is the biggest influence on your weight?
  • Spouse
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Friends

What health problems stemming from being overweight do you worry about the most?
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis and mobility disorders

If a restaurant you frequent begins posting the fat and calorie content of its menu items and you discover your favorite dish is a diet disaster, you:
  • Stop ordering it.
  • Order it and split it with a friend or bring home half for a later meal.
  • Ask the restaurant if the chef can substitute some ingredients to make the dish lower in calories and fat.
  • Order it less often, enjoy it when you do, and try to compensate by exercising more or eating less that day or the next.

From whom do you get most of your information and advice on diet?
  • A nutritionist or medical professional
  • The media (books, magazines, newspapers, Internet, TV, etc.)
  • Physical trainer or gym attendant
  • Friends and family

What are your most vulnerable overeating times?
  • Morning
  • Afternoon
  • Evening
  • When I'm alone

What you be most willing to give up in exchange for a permanently svelte body?

  • A marriage or long-term relationship
  • Dessert forever
  • A favorite pet
  • Financial security