Britons Underestimating their Weight According to Survey

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21st December 2012 16:33 - Health


Market research by the Health and Social Care Centre has revealed that Britons underestimate their weight by as much as 4lbs on average.

Over 8,000 adults were questioned about their perceived height and weight before their actual measurements were recorded by researchers.

Women were found to have almost twice as much of a gap between perception and reality when it comes to weight than men, by an average of 5lbs. In addition, this tendency was greatest in women aged between 35 and 39.

The typical British woman thinks they weigh 10st 11lbs, when their true weight is 11st 3lbs – this equates to ladies being under the misconception that they are nearly 8lbs lighter than they actually are.

When it came to men, the survey showed that male Britons underestimate their weight by around 3lbs, mistakenly thinking they weigh 13st on average when they actually weigh 13st 3lbs.

Parents were also asked whether they thought their child was more or less the right weight. Interestingly, nearly half of the respondents were found to have obese kids while thinking that they were at a normal weight.

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