Updated: February 02, 2012

According to a new survey many Americans have skewed perceptions when it comes to their weight. Some believe they're thinner than they really are, even when the scales show otherwise.

In a recent poll of 2,418 adults aged 18 and over, participants were asked to provide their height and weight, which the pollsters used to calculate the respondents body-mass indices (BMIs). The respondents were then asked which category of weight they thought they fell into: underweight, normal weight, overweight, obese or morbidly obese.

Thirty percent of those in the "overweight" class believed they were "normal" size, and 70 percent of those classified as "obese" felt they were simply "overweight." Among the heaviest group, the morbidly obese, almost 60 percent pegged themselves as "obese," while another 39 percent considered themselves merely "overweight."

So what does this mean? Well it could mean several things. Some health professionals believe because the majority of Americans are now overweight or obese, which means it is the norm, people who are overweight or obese see themselves as well, normal. It may also be a denial of not wanting to acknowledge the issue emotionally or not being ready to take action.

What do you think about this phenomenon? Please share your thoughts, and come back tomorrow – I'll post my take on BMI, how to really know if you're overweight, and why weight alone doesn't tell you much about how healthy (or unhealthy) you are.



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