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May 29, 2004

We're Heavier Than We Think

According to an Associate Press poll, many Americans are in denial about their weight. About half of the people who were polled are considered overweight by the US government standard.

The AP-Ipsos poll found that six in 10 who qualify as overweight under government standards say they are at a healthy weight.

More than three-quarters said individuals bear the responsibility for themselves, while 9 percent pointed to family and 8 percent blamed fast-food restaurants.

"There have been lots of changes in food intake - fast foods, increased portion sizes, soft drink consumption," said Dietz, director of the CDC's division of nutrition and physical activity. Additionally, he said, people are exercising less nowadays.

Jennifer Bryan, a 36-year-old massage therapist in Coronado, Calif., said exercise is the key component since she has had to focus more on her weight in recent years.

Calculate your body mass index (BMI).

Posted by linda at May 29, 2004 2:42 PM

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