Sixty percent of Americans happy with their weight: Denial or acceptance?

According to this Gallup poll, 25 percent of Americans are still “seriously trying to lose weight.”

A recent Gallup poll asked Americans about their dieting habits and what they consider an ideal weight. Sixty percent of Americans say that their weight is about right. This is good news considering research like that of Peter Muennig from Columbia University found that women who were concerned about their weight had more mental and physical illnesses than those who were happy with their size, regardless of their weight. As it turns out, people don’t take care of things they hate, and that includes their bodies. So more people liking their bodies means more people who believe those bodies are worthy of care.

 

 

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30% of Overweight American’s Think They Are Thinner Than They Really Are

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30% of overweight people thought they were in the normal range.

Many Americans have skewed perceptions when it comes to their weight, often believing they are thinner than they really are, even when the scales are shouting otherwise, a new poll finds.As part of the Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey, respondents were asked to provide their height and weight, from which pollsters calculated their body-mass index (BMI), a ratio of weight to height. Respondents were then asked which category of weight they thought they fell into.

 

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