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Do more women think they're overweight than men? Are they?

According to the NIH, 34% of men are overweight compared to only 27.5% of women. Ironically women are more likely to identify as to "heavy".

I think the best response is either to eat healthier or to listen to Billy Joel.

More Women Say They’re Overweight

Rasmussen Polling

Thursday, October 06, 2022

Experts say obesity is a growing problem in America – pardon the pun – and women are more willing than men to admit they’re overweight.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 30% of American Adults say they’re overweight, while 64% say they’re not. In February 2021, 25% said they were overweight. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says 42% of Americans are obese, but apparently many don’t want to admit it, and there’s a “gender gap” on this is. Thirty-five percent (35%) of women say they’re overweight, compared to 23% of men.

Apparently, doctors are more likely to recommend that men change their lifestyle habits. Among the 76% of adults who say they’ve had a general physical exam in the past year, 27% say their doctor recommended lifestyle changes in the way they eat, drink or exercise. More men (29%) than women (26%) report their doctor recommended lifestyle changes at their most recent exam.

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The survey of 1,155 U.S. American Adults was conducted on September 20-21, 2022 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Republicans (26%) are somewhat less likely top say they’re obese than Democrats or those not affiliated with either major party (both 32%). More Democrats (34%) than Republicans (23%) or the unaffiliated (24%) say their doctor recommended lifestyle changes after their most recent checkup.

Only 60% of adults under 40 say they’ve had a physical exam in the past year, compared to 75% of those ages 40-64 and 88% of Americans 65 and older. Women over 40 are most likely to say they’re overweight, while men under 40 are the least likely to say they’re overweight.

Married Americans are less likely to say they’re obese, compared to their unmarried peers, and married Americans are also more likely to have had a physical exam in the past year.

Americans with annual incomes below $30,000 are three times more likely to say they’re overweight, compared to those with incomes over $200,000 a year. Those with yearly incomes below $30,000 are least likely to have seen a doctor for a physical exam in the past year.

Only 23% of entrepreneurs say they’re overweight, which is significantly less than either government employees or private sector workers (both 36%).

Nearly half (48%) of those who say they’re overweight and have had a physical exam in the past year report that their doctor recommended lifestyle changes.

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