Poll: Obese Don't See Themselves As Obese

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 3 (UPI) — As Americans have gotten fatter, many obese adults see themselves as overweight and many overweight adults see themselves as normal size, a survey indicates.

A Harris Interactive/HealthDay online poll of 2,418 U.S. adults conducted Aug. 17-19 says 30 percent of overweight people say they think they’re 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.

Fifty-two percent of overweight people, 75 percent of obese people and 75 percent of morbidly obese people say they don’t exercise enough, while 36 percent of overweight respondents, 48 percent of obese respondents and 27 percent of those morbidly obese say they eat more than they should in general, the survey says.

“In the mindset of most Americans, they’re not looking at this as a food problem as much as an exercise problem,” Regina Corso, vice president of Harris Poll Solutions, says in a statement.

“Three out of five Americans overall are saying they don’t exercise as much as they should.”

The poll indicates Americans say surgery is the most effective method to lose weight followed by prescription drugs, then drugs and diet-food supplements obtained over the counter.

Propensity score weighting was used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online. No further survey details were provided.

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