Girls More Likely to Feel Overweight, Less Likely to Exercise Than Boys

Latest Harris Interactive YouthPulse(SM) Findings Reveal More Teen Girls Than

Boys Said They Had Not Participated in Activities That Made Them Sweat Or

Breath Hard in The Past Week



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Harris Interactive

    ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Two-thirds of teenage girls are currently trying to lose weight or have
 recently attempted to lose weight, according to a recent study of America's
 youth.  By the time they reach age 18, about half of US girls feel they are
 overweight.  Yet findings indicate, despite their negative self-image, girls
 are not exercising as frequently as boys.
     These are among the findings of the most recent wave of Harris Interactive
 YouthPulse(SM), a study, conducted online twice yearly by Harris Interactive
 (Nasdaq:   HPOL), the global leader in online market research.  Interviews were
 conducted online with 3,878 young respondents ages 8 to 24 in January 2001.
     "It is clear that teen girls are more critical of their bodies than teen
 boys," stated John Geraci, Harris Interactive's vice president for youth
 research.  "The gap between the proportion of girls and boys who see
 themselves as being overweight is significant, but what is shocking is how
 young this perception starts.   We found that about a third of 8-12 year old
 girls feel they are overweight."
     Geraci added, "By most measures, physical activity among young people is
 decreasing.  At the same time, we are seeing decreases in body image
 perceptions and increases in dieting behaviors among girls."
     The study also found that despite female teens and young adults being more
 apt than males in the same age range to say they are overweight, they are
 exercising less.  Girls 13-24 were more likely than boys to be trying to lose
 weight (50% vs. 24%) and to perceive themselves as overweight (47% vs. 34%),
 but less likely to be physically active.  Three in 10 females 13-24 reported
 that they had not participated in activities that made them sweat or breath
 hard in the past week, while only less than one-quarter of their male
 counterparts said the same.
 
            Average Number of Days Have Participated in an Activity
               That Made Them Sweat or Breathe Hard in Past Week
 
                          8-9      10-12   13-15    16-17     18-21    22-24
 
      Boys                2.9        3.2     2.9      2.7       2.6      2.4
      Girls               3.0        2.7     2.7      2.1       2.1      2.2
 
      Harris Interactive YouthPulse(SM)
      3,878 online interviews conducted January 2001
 
               % Who Say They Are "Slightly" or "Very" Overweight
 
                          8-9      10-12   13-15    16-17     18-21    22-24
      Boys                16%        20%     36%      38%       29%      38%
      Girls               17%        34%     37%      41%       50%      51%
      Harris Interactive YouthPulse(SM)
      3,878 online interviews conducted January 2001
 
 
     % Who Say They Are Currently Trying to Lost Weight or Have in the Past
 
                          8-9      10-12   13-15    16-17     18-21    22-24
      Boys                15%        20%     40%      51%       46%      29%
      Girls               13%        36%     65%      71%       83%      74%
 
      Harris Interactive YouthPulse(SM)
      3,878 online interviews conducted January 2001
 
     About YouthPulse(SM)
     Harris Interactive YouthPulse(SM) is an online study designed to cover a
 variety of topics, from the market power and influence of youth, to their
 technology adoption and views, their brand and category usage, and their hopes
 and dreams for the future.  The study is conducted semi-annually (January and
 July) by Harris Interactive with a minimum of 6,000 interviews completed
 annually.  Data in this release were collected between January 14 and 21,
 2001. Completed interviews are weighted to reflect the characteristics of the
 proportion of Generation Y that has accessed the Internet at least once in the
 past month.  Full reports of the complete data from these studies are
 available on a subscription basis.
 
     About Harris Interactive
     Harris Interactive (Nasdaq:   HPOL), the global leader in online market
 research, uses Internet-based and traditional methodologies to provide its
 clients with critical knowledge concerning the views, experiences, behaviors
 and attitudes of people worldwide. Known for The Harris Poll, Harris
 Interactive has 45 years of experience in providing its clients with market
 research and polling services including custom, multi-client and service
 bureau research, as well as customer relationship management services. Harris
 Interactive acquired the custom research group of Yankelovich Partners in
 February 2001. Through its U.S. and Global Network offices, Harris Interactive
 conducts research around the world, in multiple, localized languages, using
 its proprietary technology to survey its database of more than 7 million
 online panelists.  For more information about Harris Interactive, please visit
 the Company's website at http://www.harrisinteractive.com.
 
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    ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Two-thirds of teenage girls are currently trying to lose weight or have
 recently attempted to lose weight, according to a recent study of America's
 youth.  By the time they reach age 18, about half of US girls feel they are
 overweight.  Yet findings indicate, despite their negative self-image, girls
 are not exercising as frequently as boys.
     These are among the findings of the most recent wave of Harris Interactive
 YouthPulse(SM), a study, conducted online twice yearly by Harris Interactive
 (Nasdaq:   HPOL), the global leader in online market research.  Interviews were
 conducted online with 3,878 young respondents ages 8 to 24 in January 2001.
     "It is clear that teen girls are more critical of their bodies than teen
 boys," stated John Geraci, Harris Interactive's vice president for youth
 research.  "The gap between the proportion of girls and boys who see
 themselves as being overweight is significant, but what is shocking is how
 young this perception starts.   We found that about a third of 8-12 year old
 girls feel they are overweight."
     Geraci added, "By most measures, physical activity among young people is
 decreasing.  At the same time, we are seeing decreases in body image
 perceptions and increases in dieting behaviors among girls."
     The study also found that despite female teens and young adults being more
 apt than males in the same age range to say they are overweight, they are
 exercising less.  Girls 13-24 were more likely than boys to be trying to lose
 weight (50% vs. 24%) and to perceive themselves as overweight (47% vs. 34%),
 but less likely to be physically active.  Three in 10 females 13-24 reported
 that they had not participated in activities that made them sweat or breath
 hard in the past week, while only less than one-quarter of their male
 counterparts said the same.
 
            Average Number of Days Have Participated in an Activity
               That Made Them Sweat or Breathe Hard in Past Week
 
                          8-9      10-12   13-15    16-17     18-21    22-24
 
      Boys                2.9        3.2     2.9      2.7       2.6      2.4
      Girls               3.0        2.7     2.7      2.1       2.1      2.2
 
      Harris Interactive YouthPulse(SM)
      3,878 online interviews conducted January 2001
 
               % Who Say They Are "Slightly" or "Very" Overweight
 
                          8-9      10-12   13-15    16-17     18-21    22-24
      Boys                16%        20%     36%      38%       29%      38%
      Girls               17%        34%     37%      41%       50%      51%
      Harris Interactive YouthPulse(SM)
      3,878 online interviews conducted January 2001
 
 
     % Who Say They Are Currently Trying to Lost Weight or Have in the Past
 
                          8-9      10-12   13-15    16-17     18-21    22-24
      Boys                15%        20%     40%      51%       46%      29%
      Girls               13%        36%     65%      71%       83%      74%
 
      Harris Interactive YouthPulse(SM)
      3,878 online interviews conducted January 2001
 
     About YouthPulse(SM)
     Harris Interactive YouthPulse(SM) is an online study designed to cover a
 variety of topics, from the market power and influence of youth, to their
 technology adoption and views, their brand and category usage, and their hopes
 and dreams for the future.  The study is conducted semi-annually (January and
 July) by Harris Interactive with a minimum of 6,000 interviews completed
 annually.  Data in this release were collected between January 14 and 21,
 2001. Completed interviews are weighted to reflect the characteristics of the
 proportion of Generation Y that has accessed the Internet at least once in the
 past month.  Full reports of the complete data from these studies are
 available on a subscription basis.
 
     About Harris Interactive
     Harris Interactive (Nasdaq:   HPOL), the global leader in online market
 research, uses Internet-based and traditional methodologies to provide its
 clients with critical knowledge concerning the views, experiences, behaviors
 and attitudes of people worldwide. Known for The Harris Poll, Harris
 Interactive has 45 years of experience in providing its clients with market
 research and polling services including custom, multi-client and service
 bureau research, as well as customer relationship management services. Harris
 Interactive acquired the custom research group of Yankelovich Partners in
 February 2001. Through its U.S. and Global Network offices, Harris Interactive
 conducts research around the world, in multiple, localized languages, using
 its proprietary technology to survey its database of more than 7 million
 online panelists.  For more information about Harris Interactive, please visit
 the Company's website at http://www.harrisinteractive.com.
 
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