Fewer Americans Say They Want To Lose Weight

By: Sara G. Miller
Published: 12/31/2015 03:53 PM EST on LiveScience

More Americans are happy with their weight, a new poll suggests.

In a recent Gallup poll, 49 percent of Americans said they would like to lose weight — the first time in at least 25 years that less than half of Americans reported wanting to lose weight, according to the poll. The number is down from a high of 62 percent who said in 2004 that they wanted to lose weight.

The poll also found that 41 percent of Americans said that they would like to stay at their present weight, according to the poll. [The Best Way to Lose Weight Safely]

Similarly, 56 percent of Americans consider their weight to be “about right,” whereas 37 percent said they consider themselves to be “very” or “somewhat overweight,” according to the poll, which was conducted from Nov. 4 to Nov. 8.

But obesity rates are still on the rise in America.

In fact, the rising percentages of people who are overweight and obese may partly explain why so many Americans consider themselves to be at a normal weight, said Dr. Holly Lofton, the director of the Medical Weight Management Program at New York University Langone Medical Center.

Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, putting people who are in the “normal” weight range in the minority, Lofton told Live Science. (A “normal” weight range means the individual has a BMI that’s between 18.5 and 24.9.)

“If everybody looks like their friends, then you think that you’re just normal weight,” Lofton said. “But you’re normal weight by American standards, not by medical standards,” she said.

The poll results seem to be in line with this statement — Gallup noted that the vast majority of people in the poll who did say they were overweight also said they —> Read More