In U.S., Self-Reported Weight Up Nearly 20 Pounds Since 1990

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    Nov 26, 2011 12:06 AM GMT
    Not exactly a surprise... but that's a massive jump over a 20 year period.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/150947/Self-Reported-Weight-Nearly-Pounds-1990.aspx

    American men, on average, say they weigh 196 pounds and women say they weigh 160 pounds. Both figures are nearly 20 pounds higher than the average that men and women reported in 1990. As Americans' actual weight has increased, so has their ideal weight.

    Today, men on average say their ideal weight is 181 pounds and women say 138 pounds.

    Men's and women's perceptions of their own ideal weight have generally increased over the same period that their self-reported actual weight has increased, although to a somewhat smaller degree. This means that not only do men and women report that they weigh more today versus 20 years ago, but they are also getting further away from their ideal weight.

    Comparing the self-reports of actual and ideal weights, the average man weighs 15 pounds more than his ideal today, compared with 9 pounds in 1990. The average woman weighs 22 pounds more than her ideal today, compared with 13 pounds in 1990. The current figures for men and women are the highest Gallup has measured to date.

    These results are based on Gallup's annual Health and Healthcare survey, conducted Nov. 3-6. Gallup has asked Americans to say how much they weigh yearly since 2001 and in 1990 and 1999.

    Subtracting men's and women's average self-reported weight from their average ideal weight reveals that 64% of men and 68% of women are currently over their ideal weight.

    All told, 67% of Americans are over their ideal weight, up slightly from the 62% found in the same poll last year.

    In separate daily polling, Gallup and Healthways track Americans' self-reported height and weight to compute body mass index (BMI) scores as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. These BMI calculations found that 61.6% of Americans were either overweight or obese based on government definitions (35.8% were overweight and 25.8% were obese) in the third quarter of this year.
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    Nov 26, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    not surprising...it's the damn high fructose corn syrup...
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    Nov 26, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    eddie13 saidnot surprising...it's the damn high fructose corn syrup...


    Well, I suppose that is one possible contributing factor. But we can't totally pin the blame on HFCS entirely. The culture of overeating in America is quite pervasive in general, people eat simply far more than they used to and portion sizes are growing. The sluggish economy doesn't help us any because then people buy all the cheap stuff that's really bad for us and we can't afford the expense of, like...actual food. Fruits and veggies, fresh lean meats lacking growth hormones, good dairy, whole grain wheat and cereals.

    Make no mistake, though. HFCS is an unnecessary evil that we must do away with. Why that monstrosity of a sugar substitute is even on the market is beyond my comprehension.
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    Nov 26, 2011 4:53 AM GMT
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    eddie13 saidnot surprising...it's the damn high fructose corn syrup...


    Well, I suppose that is one possible contributing factor. But we can't totally pin the blame on HFCS entirely. The culture of overeating in America is quite pervasive in general, people eat simply far more than they used to and portion sizes are growing. The sluggish economy doesn't help us any because then people buy all the cheap stuff that's really bad for us and we can't afford the expense of, like...actual food. Fruits and veggies, fresh lean meats lacking growth hormones, good dairy, whole grain wheat and cereals.

    Make no mistake, though. HFCS is an unnecessary evil that we must do away with. Why that monstrosity of a sugar substitute is even on the market is beyond my comprehension.
    because the lobbyists that work for greedy corn farmers push HFCS....my area of the Midwest is smack dab in the middle of corn country...........hope they start pushing the corn into the ethanol market..and away from HFCS manufacture...and you are totally right...good quality food costs way more than poor quality food.i would LOVE to buy all organic...but it would break me...so i just buy as fresh as possible.our local County Market offers very little in the way of true organic pesticide-preservative free food...and no NON-growth hormone meat.it sucks.............