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Survey indicates few classify themselves as overweight or obese

Posted On Fri, July 15, 2011

While the numbers indicate a significant percentage of Americans are overweight, many people may be in denial.

According to a recent survey conducted by Pollock Communications, a business consulting firm, just 52 percent of Americans believe they are overweight or obese even though the data indicates 67 percent are above their ideal body mass.

Commenting on the study, Julie Upton, a registered dietician of Appetite for Health, said people have become desensitized as to what qualifies as being overweight.

"A significant number of studies show that American consumers are becoming numb or immune to the reality that they are overweight or maybe even obese," said Upton. "With numerous environmental changes, from stretchy fabrics to larger car and movie theater seats, many Americans feel they are a normal weight despite actually being overweight. Overweight is the new normal weight in the United States."

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, $147 billion is spent in healthcare costs for conditions associated obesity. Some of the highest health insurance rates may be in Mississippi, as a recent study conducted by CalorieLab found it to be the state with the highest rate of obesity for the sixth year in a row. 

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