'Most Americans are happily overweight'
Americans carefully avoid counting the calories they consume over thanksgiving, a Gallup poll has found, adding their waistlines have increased and so has their perceptions of ideal weight.
Researchers found that men's average ideal weight is up 6.3 kg since Gallup first measured it in 1990, and their average actual weight is up 7.2 kg, the 'Discovery News' reported.
According to the poll, women's average ideal weight is up 5 kg since 1990, and their average actual weight is up 6.3 kg.
Over the past two decades people have consistently said they wanted to lose about 4.5 to 6.8 kg off their current weight to achieve their ideal weight.
About one-third of men say they are at or below their ideal weight, and about one-quarter of women say they are at or below their ideal weight, the poll found.
The idea that most Americans (and especially women) are in a constant struggle to lose weight is a myth. Only one-quarter of respondents say they are seriously trying to lose weight, which as Gallup notes "is much lower than the percentage who are above their ideal weight or say they would like to lose weight.
"Why aren't more people trying to lose weight? The answer is simple: because - despite two-thirds of Americans being overweight or obese - The majority of Americans say their weight is 'about right,' as they have typically responded over the past 20 years.
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