One-third of Americans think they're overweight

Oct 06, 2011

About one-third of Americans believe they're fat.

A new survey from Rasmussen Reports shows that while the majority of Americans don't believe they're overweight, 35 percent believe they are and more than half admit to dieting at one point in their life. For people who are overweight or obese, it becomes harder to find a good life insurance policy.

On the bright side, the report shows that 57 percent of Americans don't think they weigh more than they're supposed to, and the number of Americans who claim to be overweight is down 6 percentage points from 2009 when it was 41 percent. Fifty-three percent said they dieted to lose weight, which is down slightly from April of last year as well.

The report shows that while many Americans know they are overweight, the majority also know that it is a problem. About 84 percent of adults say they pay at least somewhat close attention to what they eat and make sure they have a balanced diet. That's up from 77 percent tin April 2010, according to Rasmussen Reports. Approximately 14 percent said they don't watch their diets closely at all.

Experts agree that being slightly overweight won't have much of an impact on a life insurance policy, but those who are obese will likely have more difficulty getting a policy because of the increase in other health problems associated with being overweight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who are defined as overweight or obese are at higher risk for coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.

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