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# According to a recent study, 26 percent of women and 19 percent of men

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According to a recent study, 26 percent of women and 19 percent of men in the United States said they were on a diet, down from 35 percent of women and 26 percent of men in 1990. As a result, obesity in the United States has increased from 15.6 percent in 1995 to 23.9 percent today.

Which of the following statements would be the most helpful in evaluating the validity of this conclusion?

A. Although the percent of people who are dieting has decreased, 60 percent of U.S. adults say they would like to lose 20 pounds.

B. It is estimated that 60 percent of the adult population in the United States is overweight.

C. Weight Watchers is among the most popular diets in the United States.

D. Diets have only a 5.2 percent success rate; within three to five years, almost all dieters are back up to original body weight.

E. In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General declared an obesity epidemic, stating that roughly 300,000 deaths a year can be attributed to obesity.

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15 Jan 2019, 00:15
As per me it should be D.

It says that dieting has low success rate.

Well, if dieting has low success rate then the one's who left dieting ( in the past scenario) are back to normal levels... A kind of good strengthener I would say.

Would wait for the OA.

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16 Jan 2019, 22:33
Bunuel wrote:
According to a recent study, 26 percent of women and 19 percent of men in the United States said they were on a diet, down from 35 percent of women and 26 percent of men in 1990. As a result, obesity in the United States has increased from 15.6 percent in 1995 to 23.9 percent today.

Which of the following statements would be the most helpful in evaluating the validity of this conclusion?

A. Although the percent of people who are dieting has decreased, 60 percent of U.S. adults say they would like to lose 20 pounds.

B. It is estimated that 60 percent of the adult population in the United States is overweight.

C. Weight Watchers is among the most popular diets in the United States.

D. Diets have only a 5.2 percent success rate; within three to five years, almost all dieters are back up to original body weight.

E. In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General declared an obesity epidemic, stating that roughly 300,000 deaths a year can be attributed to obesity.

Given
Current % of people on diet ------------ % of people on diet in 1990
W 26 ------------------------------------ W 35
M 19 ------------------------------------ M 26

Obesity has decreased from, We have to validate this fact
15.6% (1995) to 23.9 (2019)

So now what we understand is that weight of people has increased even when they were following a diet (which in the recent times got reduced)
A. Although the percent of people who are dieting has decreased, 60 percent of U.S. adults say they would like to lose 20 pounds.
How does the 20 lbs loss relate with the percentage difference??. No there is no such relation present - Out

B. It is estimated that 60 percent of the adult population in the United States is overweight.
It doesn't talk about the split between the two demography. - Out

C. Weight Watchers is among the most popular diets in the United States.
Nothing has been mentioned about such a diet in the argument - Out

D. Diets have only a 5.2 percent success rate; within three to five years, almost all dieters are back up to original body weight.
Yes this does explain, why the weight increased irrespective of dieting

E. In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General declared an obesity epidemic, stating that roughly 300,000 deaths a year can be attributed to obesity.
Deaths is irrelevant to this argument - Out

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05 Feb 2019, 04:30
For this question, just ask yourself, what statement can provide me information that can either support or damage the conclusion? Only choice D mentions a topic that could provide some info. All other statements do not provide any info that can either strengthen or weaken the claim that because less people are on diets, obesity in the country has gone up. Use the answer choices to your advantage.
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