Be Realistic About Your Weight

Having a positive attitude can be very inspirational. But there can come a delusional tipping point when people refuse to acknowledge potentially serious issues. Consider a study by Mintel where respondents consistently described themselves as leaner and healthier than they actually were.

In the survey, only 25% of respondents thought they were obese or overweight, despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control estimates 67% of Americans fall into one of these categories. This estimate came very close to reality when the BMI (body mass index) of survey participants was revealed. 65% were classified as overweight or obese.

The Bigger Picture: The good news from this survey was that 51% of respondents considered it important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yet only 37% said they exercised regularly. Similarly, 52% reported being on a diet and 45% felt like they overate fairly often. A full length mirror can be a useful tool for defining your own reality and motivating yourself to set attainable goals.
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Oct 22, 2009
Of course BMI isn't the end all of showing if a person is overweight because plenty athlete's have a lot of weight but also have a low BF %, which is an important factor to consider.