The tug of war between desire and action is one of the enduring dramas of the human condition. At least since the swimsuit-crazed 1950s, it has manifested itself in the matter of weight gain and loss.

Gallup has been on top of this internal struggle to manage external appearances since 2002, when it began asking people whether they would like to lose weight, and if they were, in fact, doing so.

In its latest query, Gallup basically found little has changed in the last couple of years with regard to the percent seriously trying to shed pounds. But it also found that, compared to 2012, the desire to lose weight has dropped significantly.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.