Have you ever dieted? graph of japanese opinionWith summer soon upon us, MyVoice surveyed its internet community to see what they thought about dieting. 13,710 people completed the private internet-based questionnaire, with 54% of the sample female, 3% in their teens, 22% in their twenties, 39% in their thirties, 24% in their forties, and 12% in their fifties. This is one survey where I’d love to see the results split by sex, but not so much that I want to pay 36,750 yen for the full report!

Of course, whether or not any of the one in five who were dieting really need to is another question; shaping up exercises or even just posture lessons is all the help the average Japanese person needs. I see too many borderline (or even over the edge) anorexic-looking women here; there’s few things I find more off-putting than seeing a woman with less meat on their legs than in a KFC party bucket staggering about in a pair of too-high-heels with toes turned in, knees forward and bum back to counterbalance, half tripping ever other step as their ankles buckle under the strain.

Q1: Do you pay attention to your figure? (Sample size=13,710)

Pay a lot of attention to it 39.5%
Pay some attention to it 41.0%
Don’t really pay much attention 12.4%
Don’t pay any attention at all 7.1%

Q2: Which part of your body do you pay attention to? (Sample size=13,710, multiple answer)

Stomach in general 66.0%
Abdomen 44.9%
Thighs 44.8%
Upper arms 35.3%
Bottom 34.1%
Face (cheeks, double chin, etc) 30.7%
Love handles 30.2%
Calves 25.6%
Chest 15.4%
Other 4.2%
Nowhere in particular 7.1%
No answer 0.1%

Q3: Have you ever dieted? (Sample size=13,710)

Currently dieting (to Q4, Q5) 18.9%
Have dieted (to Q4, Q5) 40.5%
Never dieted 40.0%
No answer 0.6%

Q4: Which of the following do you think were effective when you have been dieting? (Sample size=those who have dieted, multiple answer)

Reducing intake of food 59.5%
Walking, aerobics, or sports 54.5%
Taking into consideration calories or balanced meals 36.2%
Effective for diet food or drink 17.9%
Diet medicines or supplements 17.3%
Drinking lots of water 15.6%
Reducing number of meals 12.0%
Fasting 8.2%
Using diet apparatus 7.3%
Germanium bath or stone sauna 4.7%
Diet esthetics 3.7%
Cosmetic surgery 0.4%
Used other diet method 5.1%
Nothing in particular 5.7%
No answer 0.3%

Q5: Which of the following do you think were ineffective when you have been dieting? (Sample size=those who have dieted, multiple answer)

Diet medicines or supplements 26.7%
Reducing intake of food 20.1%
Effective for diet food or drink 19.3%
Reducing number of meals 15.5%
Fasting 10.8%
Using diet apparatus 7.6%
Drinking lots of water 6.7%
Walking, aerobics, or sports 5.6%
Taking into consideration calories or balanced meals 4.0%
Diet esthetics 3.8%
Germanium bath or stone sauna 1.9%
Cosmetic surgery 0.4%
Used other diet method 2.2%
Nothing in particular 32.5%
No answer 1.7%

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