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Dieting and weight loss has become a national pastime, especially for women...

Americans spend more than $40 billion dollars a year on dieting and diet-related products. That's roughly equivalent to the amount the U.S. Federal Government spends on education each year.

It is estimated that 40-50 percent of American women are trying to lose weight at any point in time.

One recent study revealed that 91 percent of women on a college campus had dieted. 22 percent dieted "often" or "always." (Kurth et al., 1995).

Researchers estimate that 40-60 percent of high school girls are on diets (Sardula et al., 1993; Rosen & Gross, 1987).

Another study found that 46 percent of 9-11 year olds are sometimes or very often on diets (Gustafson-Larson & Terry, 1992).

And, another researcher discovered that 42 percent of 1st-3rd grade girls surveyed reported wanting to be thinner (Collins, 1991).

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An increase in physical activity is an important part of your weight loss program. Physical activity improves your muscle/fat ratio - thus raising metabolism for easier weight loss - and boosts your motivation to maintain the weight you lose.

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