When It Comes To America's Obesity Epidemic, Most Don't Want To Admit The Truth

Posted: Updated:
Print

Most people agree that the U.S. is facing an obesity epidemic, but the majority of Americans don't think they're part of the problem.

That's according to the "Weight of the Union," a 2014 survey of 1,000 adults conducted by market research company Research Now for Anytime Fitness. The report found that 84 percent of respondents believed that Americans generally weigh more than they did five years ago -- which is true, according to a 2011 Gallup poll.

What Americans didn't want to admit, however, is how much they personally contribute to the national waistline. The majority of overweight respondents (56 percent) and 30 percent of obese respondents said they felt their weight was "normal" compared to the general public. The delusion disappeared, however, when respondents were asked to compare themselves to their friends and family. Compared to family, 54 percent of people with an obese BMI felt overweight, while 31 percent of people with an overweight BMI felt like they weighed too much.

The survey's findings mirror a 2012 study that found that Americans were more likely to say they lost weight over several years, when they in fact had gained weight.

anytime fitness

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

11 Nutrition Myths that Cause Weight Gain | Healthy Living - Yahoo ...

5 Diet Myths Making You Gain Weight | The Dr. Oz Show

Diet Truth or Myth: Eating at Night Causes Weight Gain - WebMD

Dr. Oz - Diet Myths Making You Gain Weight - Oprah.com

Weight loss myth buster on her way to Childers

5 weight loss myths

Slimming consultants bust weight loss myths

Debunking three diet myths athletes fall for: Put down that protein bar and ...

 
From Our Partners