Fewer Americans Want to Lose Weight
In the face of what’s been described as an obesity epidemic, have many Americans simply given up?
A recent Gallup poll seems to indicate that may be the case. Just 49 percent of Americans said they would like to lose weight–the first time in at least 25 years that fewer than half of Americans wanted to be slimmer. That number is down from a high of 62 percent in 2004.
The poll also found that 41 percent of Americans said that they were satisfied to stay at their present weight. Asked to evaluate where they were during the polling period in early November, 56 percent of Americans consider their weight to be “about right,” whereas 37 percent said they consider themselves to be “very” or “somewhat overweight.”
Those numbers, unfortunately, don’t jibe with the actual statistics. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, putting people who are in the “normal” weight range in the minority.
In a way, overweight has become the “new normal.” The rising percentages of people who are overweight and obese may partly explain why so many Americans consider themselves to be at a normal weight, said Dr. Holly Lofton, the director of the Medical Weight Management Program at New York University Langone Medical Center.
One final note to drive home the point-the poll showed that although 49 percent of Americans reported that they “would like to lose weight,” only 24 percent reported that they were “seriously trying to lose weight.”
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