Last month The New York Times reported on survey results from PewResearch.org. Apparently 90% of Americans consider others fat, 70% consider acquaintances fat, and just 40% consider themselves overweight. Confused? Eric Nagourney reports:
The numbers may not seem to add up, but that is what a study from the Pew Research Center found in surveying more than 2,250 adults about the worsening obesity problem.
"People tend to see the weight problem of the nation as a whole as being greater than the weight problems of their friends and acquaintances," said the report, online at pewresearch.org.
The survey respondents are certainly right when it comes to the big picture. Federal studies, the report noted, estimate that about 31 percent of American adults are obese, and that an additional third are overweight.
"But when they think about weight," the researchers wrote of the people surveyed, "they appear to use different scales for different people."
I'm not a doctor, but a telephone survey seems to a horrible way of determining if a person is fat or not. Dr. Fuhrman determines healthy body weight by checking a person's percentage of body fat and measuring their periumbilical fat. What's that? He explains it's as simple as pinching near a person's umbilicus (navel) and measuring the distance between two fingers.
Dr. Fuhrman mentions that a lot of his patients on Eat to Live claim to be "so thin," but once he measures them, they realize they've still got work to do.
For more on this issue check out this previous post: I'm Not Fat