According to a new government survey released this week, after polling 400,000 people by phone, they found that 27 percent of Americans are obese. The problem is, a more accurate and scientific study on the number has it closer to 34 percent.
What this means is that not enough people are being honest about their weight. The good news is that the gap between fact and fiction is closing.
The study’s findings of 27 percent of the surveyed adults saying they are obese is up by about two percent from 2007. It’s a small improvement, but considered statistically significant.
“It is possible people are paying more attention to their weight and reporting it more accurately,” said Dr. William Dietz, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The survey used a standard formula for Body Mass Index (BMI), where a 5-foot-4 woman is considered obese if she weighs 174 pounds or more, and a 5-foot-10 man is obese if he weighs at least 209 pounds.