Are you honest about your weight?

A new CDC study has found that the gap between what Americans say they weigh and their actual weight is decreasing. Unfortunately, our weight continues to rise. Researchers estimate the adult obesity rate at nearly 27 percent based upon a new telephone survey. Other more scientific studies place the obesity rate at 34 percent.

CHRIS HUNT/AJC Special

CHRIS HUNT/AJC Special

With a tendency for people to not be accurate when it comes to how much they weigh, researchers have a host of theories about why the discrepancy is disappearing. Are people paying more attention to their weight by using a scale more? Because so many people are overweight, is the societal stigma disappearing, making people more comfortable admitting their real weight?

So what about you, are you honest when someone asks you how much you weigh? Are you more truthful with medical professionals than friends and family?

22 comments Add your comment

lrogers13

August 4th, 2010
8:30 pm

Of course I’m honest with medical professionals; they’re going to weigh me anyway, and there’s no benefit in lying about it. It’s nobody else’s business, however.

greg

August 4th, 2010
8:32 pm

There’s no point lying. You can tell how much someone weighs by looking at them, I don’t care what they’re wearing.

Gator Actual

August 4th, 2010
9:55 pm

Totally honest. 6′2″ and 225 lbs. I would love to see 200 lbs, but I’ve been stuck at 225 for a few years.

Valstake

August 5th, 2010
12:25 am

I have no clue how much I weigh, although it’s more than I should weigh. I don’t obsess about weight. If my physician says “lose weight,” I might try, but it’s my choice. I figure it’s better to not stress about it… I eat healthy food, have no diabetic, cholestrol, or any other problems so I figure “why look for trouble?”

Build a bridge and get over it

August 5th, 2010
8:19 am

@ Greg, REALLY? You must be part of the circus act to guess one’s weight by just looking at them!! You should use that skill to get rich.
@ Valstake, I TOTALLY agree with everything you just posted. My Dr. wants me back at my HS weight and I’m just as healthy now as I was as a stick figure!!

Hobknocker

August 5th, 2010
12:05 pm

Fat is fat and that’s all I gots to say about that.

Dan

August 5th, 2010
1:04 pm

Keep in mind all physicians are not up to speed either, I am 46 and have about 21% body fat (average of calipers and one of those hand held electronic devices) yet my physician says I am obese because my BMI is 29.5. sure I could lose a few pounds but I am far from obese and regularly run 2-3 miles at an 8 min pace. Needless to say a new doctor is in order

laura3921

August 5th, 2010
1:23 pm

I probably wouldn’t tell the truth if someone asked, but they really never do. By the BMI standards, I am considered overweight at 5′6″ and 172. However, I wear size 10, run 2 miles 6 days a week and really don’t look very much overweight. I actually had the doctor take me to different scales because she thought something must be wrong. I think the BMI measurements just aren’t totally accurate.

Dar

August 5th, 2010
1:51 pm

I don’t know my weight. When I go to the doctor I refuse to get on the scale. They can see that I do not have a weight problem, and if I knew the exact weight I would obsess about it. I wear a Size 2 in slacks, but I have a 34 DD chest — you can just guess that 15 to 20 pounds is riding up there and I can assure that no amount of working out or dieting has ever reduced those suckers. I swim and bike pretty regularly. I don’t eat animals. I go by how I feel and look in clothes — if things get snug, I reduce my intake and increase my output until I feel better again. Weight…bah.

Keith Mercer

August 5th, 2010
2:47 pm

A person’s weight is between them and thier doctor, and maybe family members. I wish people would lose weight, the thing I hate the most is sitting beside a fat person on a plane.

Elise

August 5th, 2010
3:17 pm

I recently lost so much weight that I’m now telling the truth on my drivers license!

Gobsmacked

August 5th, 2010
3:54 pm

I cannot believe how many people disregard their physician’s advice to lose weight! If you feel comfortable with the increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other problems which will not manifest until LATER in life, keep in mind that our acceptance of obesity and being overweight is one of the reasons our health care and insurance costs are soaring. It takes real work and commitment to get to a healthy weight, but the immediate health rewards and increased comfort are worth it.

heidi g

August 5th, 2010
6:53 pm

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heidi g

August 5th, 2010
6:53 pm

@ keith mercer, you’re so shallow!! Some ppl can’t help it!!

Alzheimer's

August 5th, 2010
11:42 pm

Good points!

KeithisaTool

August 6th, 2010
12:47 am

keith is a tool. I bet he’s the fatty on the plane…

Ken

August 6th, 2010
1:19 pm

@ Dar – WOW

SamWhatam

August 9th, 2010
12:56 pm

No, they aren’t going to weigh me. I won’t let them. Sure, I’d be happy at 50 pounds lighter, or half-happy at 25 pounds less. Gleeful, if anorexic, at 70 pounds lost. Yes, they can tell me to shed a few pounds. But they won’t weight me and pin it to a number.

K

August 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

Depends on who’s doing the asking. The dr.? Yes. The boyfried? I plead the 5th. Heh.

Assisted Living Facility

August 11th, 2010
12:34 am

Come on, people. Weight is just a number. It’s important to monitor it but it’s still just a number.

sally

August 11th, 2010
3:59 pm

It is nobody’s business but mine, unless I were obese, in which case it might be the taxpayer’s business because they have to pick up the tab for my diabetes, high blood pressure and all the other attendant miseries I would have inflicted on myself. But I am a great weight, and I have worked at staying at a great weight. Why? Because I value myself enough to care how I look and how I feel. For those who don’t, for goodness sake, please wear pants that fit and don’t show your big butt cheeks.

M

August 18th, 2010
2:20 pm

Just because a person is overweight doesn’t mean they automatically have diabetes, high blood pressure, etc etc etc. I am well overweight for my height, I know this and I’m working toward fixing it. But I have never, and I do mean, NEVER had high blood pressure, diabetes or any other illness related to my weight. Right now I’m in the process of loving me for how I am, whatever stage I’m at. I want to be comfortable in my own skin and that’s what I’m working toward. Will I tell people my weight? Probably not because I am ashamed of it. I shouldn’t be this heavy. I will tell you I am much heavier than I look though. And most don’t believe me. My concern is getting my flexibilty back, my range of motion, and to not feel tired all the time. If I happen to lose weight in the process, then great. And here’s the kicker, those who are overweight sometimes have a low self esteem, so picking on them for being fat won’t help them lose weight. Just FYI