Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, August 14th, 1995
When the dieting question is asked before a respondent's weight is brought up, fewer people say they're trying to drop some pounds than people who are asked their weight first, followed by dieting questions. On a gender basis, women were more likely to fudge than men.
CDC's Mary K. Serdula and colleagues examined data from between 1985 and 1992 in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Their findings appear in "Effects of Question Order on Estimates of the Prevalence of Attempted Weight Loss,"...
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