Survey: More People Lose Weight For Improving Looks Than Preventing Cancer

Filed under: Health — @ August 11, 2006

A new survey of 4,000 people conducted by Cancer Research UK found some interesting results concerning the motivation behind the desire to shed the pounds.

Here are the key findings:

- 40 percent lose weight for improving their looks
- Half of 25-34 year olds lose weight for better looks
- 32 percent lose weight to lower risk for cancer
- 66 percent lose weight to prevent heart disease

The response to the survey by Cancer Research UK was shock and dismay at the “widespread lack of knowledge about the link between obesity and cancer.”

bq. Just because people don’t verbalize avoiding cancer as the primary reason for losing weight doesn’t mean they don’t realize preventing the onset of cancer is a huge benefit to losing weight. It simply means there are a myriad of reasons why people choose to lose weight. That’s all. The people at Cancer Research UK are reading more into their survey than what is there.

Read more about this survey from Cancer Research UK including their 10 tips on living a healthy lifestyle by clicking here.

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