Most Americans Do Not Think They Are Fat. The Data Shows Otherwise

June 11, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Most Americans do not think they are fat. That can’t be farther from the truth. 

According to a  new poll conducted by Gallop, 63 percent of respondents did not think they are overweight.  When compared with data from the National Center for Health Statistics, it looks like American need a wake up call: 69% of Americans over 20 years old are considered overweight or obese. 

Obesity starts at a young age, when eating habits are formed, but is way more prevalent after people enter the workforce.   

12.1 percent of children aged 2-5 are obese, 18 percent of children aged 6-11 are obese with a similar number for age group 12-19. There is a big jump in obesity rate once people grow up  with 35.1 percent of obesity in people 20 and older, according to the NCHS.

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“This discrepancy may suggest that addressing the obesity crisis in America must first start by convincing overweight Americans that they are indeed overweight,” Gallop’s Joy Wilke commented on the poling data.