Despite the fact that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, according to a new Gallup poll the majority say that they're not trying to lose weight - for the simple reason that they don't think they're overweight.
For a country that is supposedly obsessed with dieting, weight loss and thinness, 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women surveyed report that they are neither overweight nor trying to lose weight. Among those who acknowledge being overweight, "equal percentages say they are overweight and trying to lose weight (18 percent) or are overweight and not trying to lose weight (18 percent)" according to the report.
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In other words, only half of those who report carrying extra pounds are trying to shed them. Overall fewer than 1 in 5 people acknowledge being overweight and actively trying to lose that weight.
The poll results are even more surprising when examining younger Americans, those who are most exposed to the thin, ideal image presented in popular media such as magazines and television shows.