You Should Know

May 2011 Issue

You May Not Be as Thin as You think You Are. Really.

Most people realize that the world is in the middle of an obesity epidemic—an estimated 300 million adults worldwide are overweight, putting themselves at risk for a slew of diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. But growing evidence indicates that many people don’t want to face the facts about their personal obesity crisis. For decades, scientists have documented that people inaccurately perceive their own weight status. But in the past, women typically viewed themselves as being heavier than their bathroom scales indicated. Today, the tables have turned.

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