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Bring On The Leftovers: Most Americans Don’t Care About Losing Weight

Fewer Americans today are likely to say that they're obese compared to a decade ago

Nov 27, 2015 at 10:06 AM ET

Those Black Friday trips to the gym might not be as crowded as you think.

A Gallup poll released on Friday found that slightly less than half of Americans want to lose weight: 49 percent. That marks a stunning drop from the 60 percent of Americans who wanted to lose weight a decade ago.

Moreover, less than a quarter of adults say they are “seriously” trying to lose weight, the lowest amount since 2002, Gallup found.

This is also the first time in 20 years that the number of Americans who think they are overweight has dropped below 50 percent. Meanwhile, the number of Americans who are obese has increased, and the majority of Americans consider obesity to be the number one health issue facing the country.

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One thing that seems to be constant, though, is that people continued to talk about weight as they delved into the Thanksgiving holiday.

Still, it looks like most won’t feel guilty digging into Turkey Day leftovers. Gallup found that the majority of Americans, 56 percent, are likely to describe their weight as “just right.” The number of Americans in that category steadily increased since the 1990s, although it has remained consistent since 2008.