Americans Lose Love for Dieting

More people accept their extra weight, focus on eating better-quality food
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2008 4:39 PM CDT
One reason diets are on the wane may be that more people are focusing on eating well, rather than losing weight.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Americans are obsessed with dieting, right? Well, not anymore. A new survey indicates that only 26% of US women and 16% of men are on diets, the Boston Globe reports—the lowest numbers in 2 decades. And there are plenty of reasons why.

Diets rarely work long-term and can be costly, and more people are focusing on simply eating well, rather than losing weight. Not to mention that it takes a lot of effort: "It's much easier to change your attitude," said one researcher. Plus, there’s just no hot diet book on the shelves right now to talk about around the watercooler.