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What percentage of women are trying to lose weight?

Dr. Andrea Pennington, MD
Integrative Medicine
It is estimated that 40 to 50 percent of American women are trying to lose weight at any point in time. One out of every four college aged women has an eating disorder. Almost half of all women smokers smoke because they see it as the best way to control their weight. Of these women, 25 percent will die of a disease caused by smoking. At age thirteen, 53 percent of American girls are unhappy with their bodies This grows to 78 percent by the time girls reach seventeen.

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