Think You Lost Weight? Join the Club
Most people are familiar with the nation's obesity epidemic, but a study suggests the idea of personal weight gain is harder to grasp. Researchers asked 780,000 Americans to estimate their weight from a year earlier and then used participants' current height and weight to calculate their body mass indexes. The estimates reflected a 2 percent drop in cases of obesity in men and a 0.9 percent drop in women during the study. In fact, the extent of obesity over the same period rose by 0.4 percent. The findings indicate Americans overestimate their past weight and incorrectly report weight loss—a way of thinking that may hinder lifestyle changes that can help them take off pounds.
Source: Preventive Medicine, August 2012