(TIMES OF INDIA) — How many fat people think they are fat? “Hardly,” said half a dozen doctors TOI spoke to. Most of them said, “Majority of our obese patients don’t think they are fat enough to be in trouble.”
Experts now say misperception of weight is becoming a major barrier to weight loss – a serious problem in India which has seen a nearly 20% increase in overweight population rates between 1998 and 2005.
Take for example a recent University of Illinois study by researchers who surveyed over 3,500 college applicants. More than a third couldn’t report their weight accurately and overweight and obese men were more likely to underestimate their weight than women.