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Very Few Pakistanis (13%) Claim to Have Tried Dieting


A recent Gilani poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan shows that less than a quarter of all Pakistanis (13%) claimed to control their diets while the majority (87%) has never dieted. Reducing Weight (67%) turned out to be the most common reason for people to cut down their food intake followed by Doctor’s Suggestion (12%), To control Cholesterol (9%), and To control Sugar/Diabetes (4%). The data reveals that (37%) of the respondents who claimed to have been on a diet, try to avoid fatty foods, 29% said they exercise/walk and 26% try to just balance their diet. Only 5% of the respondents claimed to go to a gym or slimming centres.

The recent Gilani poll was conducted in Pakistan by Gallup Pakistan, affiliated with Gallup International Association, among a sample of 2754 men and women from rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during June 2009.