09/03/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – A recent poll suggests the perception many Americans have about their weight is off-base. As reported by HealthDay News, information from the Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey shows that many respondents viewed themselves as being thinner than they actually are.
Regina Corso, vice president of Harris Poll Solutions, is quoted in the report as stating of what the findings may indicate with regards to the issue of obesity in the United States, “While there are some people who have body images in line with their actual BMI, for many people they are not, and this may be where part of the problem lies… If they do not recognize the problem or don’t recognize the severity of the problem, they are less likely to do something about it.”
Keri Gans, a registered dietician and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, is further quoted as stating, “I think too many people are unsure of what they should actually weigh… For many, they have grown up in a culture were most people are overweight and that is the norm, or they have been surrounded by too many celebrities and fashion in the media and think very thin is the norm.”
More information about the poll may be found at Harris Interactive.
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