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    HARRIS INTERACTIVE frequently publishes several survey findings that can be of interest to marketers. First, take a look at a survey done on March 6, about the OBESITY EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA. This study finds that among people over 25, 80% are overweight. This porportion has been on a steady increase since 1983 (when it was 58%). The proportion of obese people was 71% just a few years ago, in 1995. Interestingly, 60% of people surveyed said they wanted to lose weight.

    Another survey done by Harris Poll focuses on WHOM AMERICANS TRUST. This survey presents data on which professions are considered most trustworthy to Americans. The survey indicates that Americans trust priests and other clergymen the most (90%), followed by teachers (88%), doctors (84%), and police officers (78%). Among the least trusted professions were trade union leaders (37%), members of Congress (42%), business leaders (43%), and journalists (49%).

    The third survey conducted by Harris Interactive focuses on Americans' Leisure Time Activities. This survey asks people to name their favorite leisure-time activities and how much time they allow for their leisure. The most popular leisure-time activity is reading (28%), followed by watching TV (20%), spending time with family and kids (12%), fishing (12%), and gardening (10%). The popularity of these activities has stayed fairly consistent over the years. The survey also found that Americans spend 50 hours per week on their work. In the early 1970's, this number used to be just 41 hours a week. Some other relatively popular pastime activities included swimming (8%), computer (7%), and going to the movies (7%).

    After reviewing the three surveys above, answer the following:

    1. Given the trend in obesity among American consumers, which industries stand to benefit the most? WHY?

    2. How would you use the information on whom Americans trust for marketing purposes?

    3. How can marketers use information on the leisure-time activities of Americans?

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    1. Given the trend in obesity among American consumers, which industries stand to benefit the most? Why

    In my opinion the industries which produce "diet" products like fast snacks, pills and concentrated drinks, drug companies that develop and produce aromatic and therapeutic drugs that heal metabolic diseases, fitness equipment manufacturers, aerobic saloons, fast food chains which focus on low calorie, veggie meals (e.g. subway) and even the publisher companies that focus on books about healthy eating and diets will most likely benefit from the obesity trend. Most of the consumers that are suffering from obesity will try these products at least once because health is the biggest concern in a ...

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