While 45 percent of Americans say they are worried about their weight, a much smaller percentage (29 percent) said they are seriously trying to shed the excess pounds, new poll finds.
Almost half of Americans (45 percent) worry about their weight “all” or “some of the time,” according to a new Gallup poll. This is, Gallup notes, significantly higher than the one-third (34 percent) who reported this level of weight worry in 1990.
Nearly 35 percent of American adults are obese, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity carries with it increased risks for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and several types of cancer.
A study published earlier this month in the journal PLOS Medicine warns that obese individuals are likely to die between 6.5 to 13.7 years earlier than those with normal weight. The most obese individuals were likely to die earlier than smokers.
The Gallup poll finds that different population segments are more preoccupied with their weight than others. Women, for example, are more than twice as likely as men (21 percent vs. 9 percent) to say they worry about their weight “all of the time,” while one-third (34 percent) report worrying about it “some of the time,” compared with 26 percent of men.
Millennials, too, are much more likely than their older counterparts to say they worry about their weight all of the time (21 percent vs. 14 percent of those between 30 and 64 year-olds).
While 45 percent of Americans say they are worried about their weight, a much smaller percentage (29 percent) said they are seriously trying to shed the excess pounds, Gallup said.
Could it be that Americans are in denial? A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics found that four-in-ten of America’s obese children and adolescents believe their weight to be normal. What’s the answer?
Researchers from Stanford University School of medicine recently released a report that finds it may be not enough exercise rather than too much food that is causing obesity. Tell that to Affluent Americans who practice physical as well as fiscal fitness. A survey last December conducted by Spectrem’s Millionaire Corner found that 35 percent of respondents said they exercise 4-6 days a week, while 34 percent said they exercise between 1-3 days weekly.
The percentages were even higher among those under 40 (38 percent exercise 4-6 days a week) and those between 41-50 (48 percent).
Nearly three-in-ten said that losing weight was the most important thing to them regarding their health, while nearly half (46 percent) made “losing weight” their primary New Year’s resolution.
A Millionaire Corner wealth level study of Millionaire households conducted earlier this year found that health concerns are on par, and in some cases exceed focus on maintaining their current financial situation. Nearly two thirds (64 percent) of Millionaires, for example, rank their spouse’s health as a primary personal concern vs. 60 percent who cite maintaining their current financial position.
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Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.