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New Poll Announces Link Between Friends and Family Influence and a Healthy Lifestyle
Date:1/6/2008

SILVER SPRING, Md. and MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- A USA TODAY/ Discovery Health/Gallup Poll released today states that in addition to diet and exercise, friends and family also influence an individual's ability to lose weight and maintain health lifestyle habits.

Key findings of the Discovery Health/USA TODAY/Gallup poll include:

-- Nearly one in four Americans (24%) believe that their friends and families have been a hindrance in their attempts to lose weight

-- Over one in three (34%) report that friends or family have teased about their food, urged them to cheat on diets, or tried to talk them out of exercising.

-- Only 34% of those with annual household income under $30K reported partnering with someone in dieting, compared to 55% of those with incomes $30K-$74.9K, and 63% of those with incomes $75K and above.

-- 64% of those with at least some college reported having partnered with someone in exercising, vs. only 53% of those with no college.

-- The majority of individuals (57%) are interested in partnering with a friend or family member on a weight-loss challenge program

USA TODAY is a leading source of information on diet, fitness and weight-control, reporting more than 100 cutting-edge news stories a year on these subjects. The newspaper's annual weight-loss challenge was started in 2004 to offer nutrition and fitness guidance in the newspaper and at usatoday.com. Each year, the series features dramatic stories of USA TODAY readers who have successfully lost weight and kept it off. The series also offers advice from the nation's top weight-loss experts and healthful menus and recipes, specifically designed for USA TODAY. Please visit dietchallenge.usatoday.com for more information.

The role of personal relationships in weight loss is explored in Discovery Health's NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE: TWINS EDITION, premiering tonight and airing for four consecutive nights at 8 PM
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