Diet meals: healthy and lasting?
You have likely seen commercials or advertisements for low carb, low fat pre-packaged meals you purchase or have delivered to your house to help you lose weight. In a Poll Position national scientific survey we asked, do you think diet programs based on purchasing and eating pre‐prepared meals is healthy and sustainable? A majority of Americans, 59% said no it is not, 17% said yes it is, 25% did not offer an opinion.
Women were more skeptical and decisive than men on the issue. Among women, 65% said pre-prepared diet meals are not healthy and sustainable, 16% said it was, 19% had no opinion. Men weighed in with 52% saying pre-packaged meals are not healthy and sustainable, 18% said they are, a large number of men, 30%, either had no opinion or did not know enough about the meal programs to answer.
African-Americans were most receptive to the programs with 30% saying they are healthy and sustainable, 47% said they are not, 23% did not have an opinion. White were not as receptive with 59% saying they are not healthy or lasting, 17% said they are, 24% had no opinion to offer.
Young people in the 18-29 year old age group had the lowest number of no opinion answers and were most against the diet meal programs with 72% saying they are not healthy and sustainable, 20% said they are, only 7% did not have an opinion to offer.
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Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,113 registered voters nationwide was conducted January 24, 2012 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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