Poll: Many don't realize they are tipping the scales

Nov 29, 2010

Many people don't realize how overweight they are

As Americans continue to pack on the pounds, a Harris poll reveals many don't realize they have a weight problem.

Of those polled, 30 percent of overweight people considered themselves normal-sized and 70 percent of obese individuals classified themselves as overweight, but not obese.

In addition to finding many people underestimate their weight classification, the poll also shows a large number of people admit to not exercising enough.

"In the mindset of most Americans, they're not looking at this as a food problem as much as an exercise problem," said Harris Poll Solutions vice president Regina Corso. "Three out of five Americans overall are saying they don't exercise as much as they should."

Eating fruits and vegetables is one way people can cut calories out of their diet. People can also squeeze exercise into their schedules by taking a walk during their lunch break and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Being overweight or obese can lead to a variety of serious health conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. People may also find themselves having to pay higher life insurance premiums due to the risks associated with being overweight.

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