January 1, 2013

What's Your Resolution?

1 Interest in Dieting Surges in New Year

Did you resolve to drop a few pounds in the New Year? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, a new Villanova U study says that interest in dieting is cyclical and peaks in December and January. Researchers examined Google search terms over a six year period, beginning in 2005, and found that diet-related searches spiked 29% nationwide from December through the end of January and then gradually waned as each year progressed. The greatest spikes were in states with high obesity rates such as So. Dakota, which showed a 54% surge. States where obesity rates were lower had lower surges. For example, Vermont showed an 18% surge. Says researcher Patrick M. Markey of Villanova University, “You have to look at [dieting] as something you do forever. Otherwise, you’re just going to cycle forever.”

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Create Small Goals for New Year's Resolutions

Tags: Dieting, Diets, New Year's Resolutions, Yo-Yo Dieting, Google, Villanova University, Patrick M. Markey, Starting a Diet, Best Time to Start a Diet

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