Section 2 - Continued
Weight Category and Seatbelt Nonuse Prevalence. Overweight
and obese persons were less likely than other respondents to always use
seatbelts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Approximately one
in three overweight and obese respondents did not always buckle up, compared
with fewer than one in four healthy weight respondents.
Weight Reduction. Only slightly over one-third (36.1%)
of the obese respondents to the 2000 BRFSS reported that they had been
advised to lose weight during the previous 12 months by a doctor, nurse,
or other health professional; however, 60.4% were currently trying to
lose weight (Figure 17). Eleven percent (11.1%) of overweight individuals
had been advised to lose weight, with fewer than half (42.8%) actually
trying to reduce. One in five (20.8%) healthy weight respondents reported
they were currently attempting to lose weight.
Among those respondents who reported they were currently trying to lose
weight, obese persons were more likely than healthy weight or overweight
persons to report eating less fat or a combination of fewer calories and
less fat to reduce (Figure 18). Forty-two percent (41.5%) of overweight
and 37.3% of obese respondents who were currently trying to lose weight
reported doing more physical activity in order to achieve weight loss.
Any weight reduction or control program must involve a healthy, balanced
diet. Part of such a diet is the consumption of at least five fruits and
vegetables a day, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommendations.
When the prevalence of West Virginia adults meeting the USDA recommendation
was examined by weight category (Figure 19), obese respondents were the
least likely to include an adequate number of servings of fruits and vegetables
in their daily meals.
Little difference was noted in prevalence of physical inactivity among
healthy weight and overweight respondents to the 2000 BRFSS survey. As
Figure 20 shows, however, obese persons were much more likely to have
reported no participation in any leisure-time physical activity during
the month preceding the interview.
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