In gauging own weight, many of us are clueless
Are you obese, overweight, of normal weight -- or perhaps morbidly obese?
Apparently many of us have no clue.
A new survey of more than 2,400 adults conducted by Harris Interactive in mid-August showed that people's perceptions of their weight don't match what their BMIs say.
In an online survey, participants were asked their height and weight and which of those weight categories they fit in. Based on the height and weight information presented, survey staffers calculated each respondent's BMI, or body-mass index, a tool commonly (though not necessarily appropriately, according to this) used to assess weight.
Here were the key findings, as reported by Harris International:
- 30 percent of overweight people think they're actually normal size, 70 percent of obese people feel they are merely overweight, and 39 percent of morbidly obese people think they are overweight but not obese. .
- Most respondents who felt they were heavier than they should be blamed lack of exercise as the main cause, with 52 percent of overweight people, 75 percent of obese people and 75 percent of morbidly obese people saying they didn't exercise enough.
- Food consumption was seen as the lesser of two culprits, with 36 percent of overweight respondents, 48 percent of obese respondents and 27 percent of those morbidly obese feeling they ate more than they "should in general."
- On the subject of weight-loss remedies, the poll found Americans deemed surgery the most effective method, followed by prescription drugs, then drugs and diet-food supplements obtained over-the-counter.
How would you have fared on the survey? Try this at home: weigh yourself, measure your height, guess which weight category you fit in, then calculate your BMI and see where you stand. Let me know, please, how you fare.
And have a safe and happy Labor Day!
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