A flawed perception of healthy body weight
As the American obesity rate increases, the notion of the ideal healthy body weight gets amplified, a new Gallup poll found.
The poll suggests the average adult male now weighs 176 pounds, up 15 pounds since Gallup started tracking weight in 1990.
“Americans appear to be slowly shifting to higher weights, adjusting their expectations of what is ideal over time, mirroring the increase in actual weight,” a Gallup report representative stated in a press releases. “Americans’ ideal weight today is the highest on record. And more adults than ever — 60 percent — say their weight is about right, despite the number of Americans who are overweight or obese remaining near an all-time high.”
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