Would you rather lose $1,000 or gain 20 pounds?

Survey sheds light on people's opinions

By Tara Evans - Executive Producer
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A new survey says people would rather lose $1,000 than gain 20 pounds.

According to USA Today, more than half of Americans agree. 63% of women would rather lose $1,000 than gain 20 pounds, and 48% of men agree.

"Twenty pounds outweighs a thousand dollars because it could cost more than a thousand dollars to lose the weight if you consider the price of weight-loss programs, and those extra pounds could take a toll on your health and ultimately increase your medical costs," says Marianne Smith Edge, senior vice president for nutrition and food safety at the International Food Informational Council Foundation, which sponsored the annual online survey of 1,000 people, ages 18 to 80.

Other experts also say the preference makes sense because it's hard work to lose weight.

Other findings to note:

• 56 percent of respondents say they are trying to lose weight; 27 percent say they are trying to maintain their weight; 3 percent are trying to gain; 15 percent are doing nothing.

• The biggest barriers for those who are trying to lose weight: lack of willpower, don't like to exercise, don't see enough progress when they try to lose; eat when they are under emotional strain.

• 38 percent often or always think about the calories they consume; 31 percent sometimes do; about 30 percent rarely or never think about calories.

• 81 percent say they eat more healthfully when they are at home than when they are at a restaurant.

• Taste is the primary factor that influences people's selection of food and beverages, followed by price, healthfulness and convenience.

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