Being Overweight is Now Normal

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on April 24, 2013 · 0 comments

In an annual Gallup Health and Healthcare survey, American men, on average, reported that they weigh 196 pounds. Women say they weigh 160 pounds. Both figures are nearly 20 pounds higher that the average weights reported in 1990.

When you ask men what they believe their ideal weight should be they say 181 pounds. Women believe their ideal weight should be 138 pounds. This puts 67% of American adults over their ideal weight.

But, if you ask a person, “Are you overweight?” only 39% believe they are. The majority of Americans say their weight is “about right.” We have a disconnect between the percentage of people who are clearly heavier than their ideal weight and the percentage of people who think they are overweight. Until people begin to see themselves honestly, weight control will remain a problem.

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