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Growing denial by overweight Americans may trigger higher health insurance costs

Posted On Mon, August 29, 2011

Fewer Americans admit that they are overweight this year than in 2010, and a majority say they have tried dieting in the past.

According to a recent poll by Rasmussen Reports, 35 percent of adults in the U.S. said they are overweight, and 57 percent don't think they weigh more than they should. That's down from a similar poll last year, when 41 percent of people said they were overweight.

Obesity is one of many chronic health conditions which can impact consumers health insurance quotes, as healthier people will generally receive lower insurance rates.

The survey added that 14 percent of people don't closely monitor their eating habits very tightly, and 1 percent don't pay them any attention. A total of 53 percent of people have tried a diet to lose weight.

While fewer people now look at themselves as overweight, the actual trend is the opposite. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity has been growing nationwide. Last year, every state had an obesity rate of at least 20 percent.

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