Study: Overweight and obese people frequently underestimate their body size

The New York Times “Well” blog reports, “As the population becomes fatter, study after study shows that instead of feeling bad about ourselves, we have entered a collective state of denial about how big we’re actually getting.”

For example, “a team of researchers led by a group from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently asked 3,622 young men and women in Mexico to estimate their body size based on categories ranging from very underweight to obese.”

While “people in the normal weight range selected the correct category about 80 percent of the time … 58 percent of overweight students incorrectly described themselves as normal weight.”

What’s more, three out of four of the obese students considered themselves to be merely overweight.

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