Results from “The Truth about Weight Loss” national survey indicate that today’s lifestyle has made losing weight more difficult than ever before, and that U.S. adults who are trying to do so need a new approach that’s compatible with how we live today.

  • Approximately eight in 10 healthcare professionalsi and 62% of U.S. adults believe losing weight is harder today than it was for previous generations because of the busy, modern lifestyle of Americans.
  • In fact, approximately seven in 10 healthcare professionalsii say it’s harder for Americans to lose weight now compared to just 10 years ago.
  • The vast majority believe Americans need to take a new approach to weight loss that fits with today’s modern lifestyle.iii

Read this fact sheet to learn more about the key survey results, including practical tips from healthcare professionals about what factors can set people up for weight-loss success in the context of today’s busy modern life.


“These findings highlight that while the way we live has changed dramatically over the past 10-20 years, our approach to weight-loss has not evolved sufficiently to address those changes. The results underscore that we need to take a step back and evaluate what weight-loss strategies can best set people up for success given the demands of their daily lives,” said Frank Greenway, M.D., medical director and professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA.


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The survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll in October/November 2017 on behalf of global, integrated Life Science Group Zaluvida, the makers of I-REMOVE®, and included nearly 1,000 healthcare professionals (458 PCPs and 503 pharmacists), and more than 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and over.

i 77% of primary care physicians (PCPs), 81% of pharmacists
ii 69% of PCPs, 73% of pharmacists
iii 89% of PCPs, 95% of pharmacists