Weekly Vitals - One can never get their fill (or, based on this week's Vitals, maybe one shouldn't be getting their fill)

Just how worried are Americans about their weight today? HELLO! Everyone, right? Not so Madames/Mademoiselles...

A recent Gallup Poll asked that very question and found that nearly half of Americans say they worry about their weight at least some of the time. The other half say they rarely or never worry about their weight.
Excuse Me? There is a population of people who never worry about their weight? Can I meet them, can I become one? Sign me up!

  • 57% of women say they worry about their weight
  • Fewer than 4 in 10 men (39%) worry abour their weight

    This pattern has been consistent since Gallup first asked this question in 1990.
    At that time:
  • 46% of women and only 21% of men said they worried about their weight
  • In 1999, 52% of women said they worried, compared with 31% of men

Interestingly, younger women (those aged 18 to 49) are much more likely to worry about their weight than are older women (those aged 50 and older) or men of any age. The latest poll finds:

  • 62% of younger women worry about their weight all or some of the time
  • 51% of older women worry about their weight all or some of the time
  • Among men, 40% of younger men and 38% of older men say they worry this often.
Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,006 national adults, aged 18 and older, conducted July 7-10, 2005.
Source: Gallup

And we care about Martha because?
  • Her stock soars when she's goes to prison
  • hell, we love celebrity gossip (If she counts as a celebrity); maybe we just love gossip
A recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll shows her positive rating among the American public is holding stable at 52% favorable, 31% unfavorable. See kids, you too can be a popular ex-con!
Source: Gallup


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