Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Majority of Obese People Fail to Recognize Their Own Obesity

Nearly three-quarters of obese adults do not consider themselves obese, according to a poll carried out by YouGov for Slimming World.

"In my view there is a very clear tendency for individuals with obesity to feel that they do not stand out from the crowd," says Jonathan Pinkney, of the Association for the Study of Obesity.

Researchers interviewed 2,000 people about their height, weight and perception of their size and diet. While only 7 percent of those interviewed classified themselves as "obese," in fact more than 25 percent of them fell into that category.

Obesity is commonly defined as having a body mass index above 30. Body mass index (BMI) is calculated by dividing a person's mass in kilograms by the square of their height in meters. A healthy BMI falls between 18.5 and 24.9, while a BMI of 25 to 30 is considered overweight.

Health professionals believe that as more of the population becomes overweight and obese, people's perception of normal changes. Read more...

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