One in three men on diet

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One in three men is on a diet, according to a survey by YouGov into the nation's dieting habits.

The poll of more than 2,100 adults revealed 39 per cent of men have dieted over the past 12 months, compared with 61 per cent of women. Asked why they were overweight, 36 per cent of respondents said getting older makes you fat, 14 per cent said it was in their genes and 15 per cent blamed medical reasons beyond their control.

One in 10 women said they had been tried up to five diets in the past year, while 11 per cent had lost count of their weight-loss regimes. Reasons for overeating included being unable to resist sweet treats and feeling stressed.