Aliza Chasan, Pilar Desha, Maura Ewing
Proposed headline: Americans Care About Losing Weight Less Than They Used Too
News hook: The Nov. 27 release of this poll by Gallup and New Year’s – when many make a resolution to lose weight, exercise more or eat better.
Nut Graf: Americans are less concerned about losing weight, but not because they’re healthier. Slightly less than half of Americans care about losing weight, according to a recent Gallup Poll, even though obesity is a nationwide epidemic.
The Data + Description of Data:
- Attitude toward weight – % who want to lose, gain or stay at present weight
- % who want to lose weight vs % actually trying to lose weight
- obesity rate by state + 95% confidence interval
- Self Reported Weight – how people view their weight
All Data is located in this folder: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0By8Q-xiqQcUbT3lSMnAxUXN4bFk&usp=sharing
One Source you’ve spoken to or three potential sources:
- Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom, director of the weight-management center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
- Ali Mokdad, professor of Global Health, University of Washington and author of: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=192036, http://sph.washington.edu/faculty/fac_bio.asp?url_ID=Mokdad_Ali
- Dr. Satcher, professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, http://www.msm.edu/about_us/FacultyDirectory/CommunityHealthPreventiveMedicine/DavidSatcher/index.php