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Dying to Be Thin

by Diane Lofshult on May 01, 2005

19% = the number of overweight people who would risk death to be thin.

33% = the number of obese people who would risk their life to lose 10 pounds.

4% = the number of normal-weight people who would take that risk to shed 10 pounds.

31% = the number of obese people who would trade up to 5% of their remaining years to be 10% thinner.

Source: January 4, 2005, issue of The New York Times.

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at