01/05/2011 03:36 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Healthy Eating: Are Americans Fooling Themselves About Their Eating Habits? (VIDEO)

90 percent of Americans believe their diet is healthy, according to a new poll conducted by Consumer Reports, but their waistlines might suggest otherwise.

While Americans are attempting to eat healthier -- 59 percent said they were "careful" about their food intake -- they may be prematurely patting themselves on the back. Of those surveyed, only 15 percent actually counted calories and only 58 percent ate the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

"People want to be healthy, people want to do the right thing, but they don't want to admit how bad things have become," nutritionist Katherine Brooking told CBS News.

However, there is reason for optimism. Many Americans revealed a good sense for making the healthier choice -- 60 percent said they choose whole grains over refined carbs and 53 percent said they were limiting sugar intake.