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With gingerbread houses, honey-baked hams, cookie swaps, and lots of family get-togethers, it’s no surprise that holiday weight gain happens to the best of us. For a fun and happy holiday season, many of us choose to follow the motto, “the more feasting, the merrier.”
CNN released a new poll last week, which found that the majority of adult Americans choose indulging over watching their waistlines during the holidays. According to the CNN/ORC findings, more than half of the 1,035 respondents said they give in to gluttony because it’s a special time of year.
The poll (which included a sample that reflected national Census Bureau figures for gender, race, age, education, region of country, and telephone usage) found that 18-to-34-year-olds are most likely to indulge, with 64 percent tending to overdo it come holiday season. Only 40 percent of respondents age 65 and up say they’re likely to destroy the dessert tray.
Come January 1, only 23 percent of the sampling said they’d commit to a major dietary overhaul in the New Year (38 percent nixed the idea altogether). City slickers and people ages 35 to 49 are most likely to hop on the diet train. Rural dwellers, those who haven’t attended college, and people 65 or older were least likely to revamp their eating habits.
So how did you fare this year? Let us know in the poll below or tweet the author @nicmdermott.