From 2011 to 2013, Gallup polled 3,066 adults aged 18 or older. Based on phone interviews of self-descriptions of Americans' weight, Gallup found that 55 percent believe that they're not overweight, nor are they trying to lose weight. Eighteen percent of respondents felt they were overweight and are trying to lose weight, while another 18 percent admitted they believe they are overweight but have no plans to slim down. That means that only 36 percent of Americans total admit to being overweight. Previous Gallup research has shown that men are more likely to be overweight, but this poll revealed that women are more likely to think they're overweight (no surprise there!).
Considering the CDC estimates that 69 percent of American adults are overweight or obese, this illustrates a huge discrepancy in the way we perceive reality. Unsurprisingly, Gallup concludes that the first step we take in combating our obesity problem is...convincing Americans they are indeed overweight or obese. Should be easy enough, right? Considering more recent research suggests that we think we're more attractive than we really are (ouch) as well as that we're "kinder, more moral, and more honest" than the average person, I foresee no problems with this.
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