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Any time you watch television, read a magazine, or spend time online you will see advertisements, commercials, or articles that talk about losing weight. Even whole television series are dedicated to weight loss. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Americans spend approximately 33 billion dollars per year on weight loss products, such as books, diet pills, online support groups, commercial dieting programs, and low calorie foods or artificial sweeteners. Most of these attempts at weight loss are unsuccessful. A 2016 study revealed that about 40% of adult men and 45% of adult women are dissatisfied with their current body weight (1). This same study found that factors such as watching less television and having more financial resources were associated with weight satisfaction.

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