What Percentage of Americans Consider Themselves Overweight?

Posted on AllSides January 5th, 2022
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Forty-one percent of U.S. adults, on average over the past five years, from 2017 to 2021, have characterized themselves as overweight, while the slight majority (53%) have said their weight is about right and 5% reported they are underweight.

The percentage overweight is up from 36% in the prior five-year period, from 2012-2016, but similar to the rates between 2002 and 2011.

Gallup measures the public's attitudes about their personal weight situations each November as part of its Health and Healthcare poll -- one of the surveys that make up...

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