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Table 1 Age-standardized percentages of overweight/obese adults who attempted to lose weight by selected characteristics, BRFSS 2003

From: Weight control behaviors in overweight/obese U.S. adults with diagnosed hypertension and diabetes

Characteristic n % (SE)
Total 143,386 52.8 (0.3)
Disease status   
   Having hypertension and diabetes 10,963 72.1 (1.7)
   Having hypertension only 40,666 57.8 (0.7)
   Having diabetes only 5,143 60.0 (1.9)
   Having neither 86,614 49.8 (0.3)
Sex   
   Men 67,734 44.5 (0.4)
   Women 75,652 64.2 (0.4)
BMI (kg/m2)   
   25.0-<30.0 87,200 44.3 (0.3)
   ≥ 30.0 56,186 66.6 (0.4)
Age (y)   
   18–29 15,458 51.0 (0.8)
   30–39 24,678 51.8 (0.6)
   40–49 31,197 55.6 (0.6)
   50–59 30,016 59.2 (0.5)
   60–69 21,935 55.4 (0.6)
   ≥ 70 20,102 43.4 (0.7)
Race   
   Non-Hispanic white 111,158 53.1 (0.3)
   Non-Hispanic black 13,290 50.9 (0.8)
   Hispanic 10,872 52.9 (1.0)
   Other 8,066 51.7 (1.3)
Education   
   < high school diploma 16,557 46.8 (0.9)
   High school graduate 46,201 50.7 (0.5)
   Some college/technique 39,301 55.4 (0.5)
   ≥ college graduate 41,327 55.5 (0.5)
Marital status   
   Married 81,690 53.0 (0.4)
   Divorced 20,482 51.8 (1.1)
   Never married 19,091 53.9 (0.8)
   Other 22,123 52.5 (0.9)
Employment   
   Employed for wages 72,302 52.3 (0.5)
   Self-employed 13,588 49.5 (1.0)
   Unemployed 28,203 57.5 (0.6)
   Retired 29,293 59.3 (5.3)
Smoking   
   Current smoker 28,346 44.8 (0.6)
   Former smoker 42,275 54.9 (0.6)
   Never smoked 72,765 54.7 (0.4)
Receipt of weight loss advice   
   Yes 29,972 80.6 (0.5)
   No 113,414 46.0 (0.3)
  1. BRFSS: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; SE: standard error