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Obese Britons Are Blissfully Unaware Their Health Is At Risk

November 21, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
About 2,000 overweight and obese people in the U.K. were surveyed in 2012 about their weight and body mass index. Only 11 percent of the women – seven percent of the men -- accurately pegged themselves as obese. Most of the women described themselves as very overweight or just right. Ninety percent of those surveyed did not know the BMI threshold for obesity. The researchers suggested that as bigger sizes become the new normal, overweight and obese people are less likely to recognize the health problems -- including cancer -- associated with their weight.
F. Johnson et al., "Do weight perceptions among obese adults in Great Britain match clinical definitions? Analysis of cross-sectional surveys from 2007 and 2012. ", BMJ Open, November 21, 2014, © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
Dieting & Weight Control
Heart & Cardiovascular
United Kingdom
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