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Been trying to lose weight, past 12 months

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WTLOS reports if the person has been trying to lose weight or to control his or her weight during the past 12 months. Please see Comparability and Universe tabs for information on changes to the universe between samples.

In 1989, this variable was included in the Diabetes supplement. Respondents were sample persons ages 18 and older who did not have diabetes. A complementary variable is available for all adults who have confirmed diabetes (DIAWTLOS).


Aside from changes in universe, there are no comparability issues with this variable.


  • 1989: Sample persons age 18+ who do not have confirmed diabetes.
  • 2006: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 1989, 2006