One of the largest obstacles to losing weight that many of us have is developing a realistic perception of our true body size. In a previous blog, I discussed a Harris Interactive poll of 2,400 survey respondents that reported 30% of overweight individuals believe they are within a normal body size and that 70% of obese individuals believe they are simply overweight. This study clearly shows that as a population we need to develop a truer perception of our body size.
A new, larger obesity research study examined our perceptions of body size, what we choose to do about it, and the potential role of health care professionals in improving our perceptions. For this study, obesity researchers analyzed data from nearly 17,000 adults who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2003 - 2008. The study investigators reported that:
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