The survey tracked 2,418 adults and had them enter their height and weight as part of the poll. From this information, the pollsters calculated their BMI and asked the respondents a series of questions about their weight. Here's what they found:
- 30% of overweight respondents thought they were normal (a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight)
- 70% of obese respondents thought they were overweight (a BMI over 30 is considered obese)
- 39% of morbidly obese respondents also thought they were overweight and not obese (a BMI over 40 is considered morbidly obese)
- Most respondents thought it was lack of exercise that contributed the most to their weight problems, rather than diet
- Respondents thought that weight loss surgery was the best remedy for weight loss followed by prescription drugs and supplements
Now, there were only about 2500 respondents, a small portion of the American population, and BMI calculations certainly aren't perfect for every person but, putting that aside for a moment, what do you think about these findings? Are most people simply unaware of how to calculate BMI or what those numbers actually mean? Or is it, as some experts suggest, the fact that people are surrounded by overweight or obese people and think that's the norm? Does this survey reflect what most Americans really think? Vote in this week's poll and then leave a comment and tell us what you think.