Dr. Schutt's survey of obese people produced surprising results
One of the main reasons why obesity continues to be on the rise in the United States and around the world is quite obvious: many of these people don't feel like they have a weight problem and may even be under the mistaken notion that they are already living a "healthy" lifestyle resigning themselves to the inevitability that they will be stuck in the body of a fat person forever.
Now this Forbes story about a new survey of obese people provides some evidence that proves that theory is exactly right!
Dr. David Schutt from the healthcare research firm Thomson Medstat conducted a random telephone survey from January to March with over 11,000 people, of which about one-third (3,100) were obese or morbidly obese and other 4,200 were considered overweight, and made some startling discoveries about the reality and severity of their weight problem according to their answers.
Here are some of the findings:
- Over three-fourths of obese Americans say they eat healthy
- Nearly 40 percent of obese Americans say they do "vigorous" exercise a minimum of three times a week
- Twenty-eight percent of obese Americans say they snack twice or more daily compared with 24 percent of normal weight Americans.
- Nineteen percent of obese Americans say they always read nutritional labels compared with 24 percent of normal weight Americans.
- Twenty-nine percent of obese Americans say they eat out at a restaurant over three times a week compared with 25 percent of normal weight Americans.
- Interestingly, of those who ate out at restaurants, 41 percent of the obese people said they ate every morsel of food put in front of them compared with 31 percent of the normal weight Americans.
Dr. Schutt said the results of his survey tell him there is "some denial going on" in the minds of these obese Americans.
"Or there is a lack of understanding of what does it mean to be eating healthy, and what is vigorous exercise," he noted.
Additionally, the survey left out a very important question regarding the quantity of the food eaten by obese people compared with their normal weight counterparts. Another flaw in the survey is the expectation that the respondents would be honest with their answers, but the perception by the obese people who were surveyed that they are eating and exercising well was quite telling.
The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point.
So what are we to make of this survey? PLENTY!
First, with the whole issue of people being so ultrasensitive to being labeled fat or obese, society has become conditioned to look the other way and simply ignore the obesity problem even exists in people. When is the last time you have heard about someone confronting the obese about their weight? GASP! YOU CAN'T DO THAT, IT'S SO CRUEL!!!
Um, can I respond to that criticism quite bluntly (I don't really need your permission because I'm gonna do it anyway)? If someone is on the verge of dying because they cannot lose weight and restore their health, then what kind of friend or loved one would I be if I DIDN'T do something to help them?! Hmmm? When did we all become such sissys and let our feelings take over what is the right thing to do? UGH! No wonder I kept getting BIGGER and BIGGER until I decided enough was enough at 410 pounds! Even our doctors are overlooking obesity and giving the overweight a free pass. WAKE UP PEOPLE!
Second, these obese people are in serious deep denial and remind me of my nearly 600-pound brother Kevin. By the way, I hear Kevin is trying to start livin' la vida low-carb to get his weight under control, but he's got a long way to go. His predicament illustates this point about denial perfectly. When you don't think there's a problem, you don't know that you're supposed to be fixing it. It's not until a heart attack or some other life-jolting experience hits that people are moved into action.
Finally, people aren't being encouraged and educated in how to lose weight, so they give up on even TRYING. This is the saddest part to me. That's one of the reasons I started my "30-In-30" Low-Carb Weight Loss Challenge this week because people WANT to know there is hope for them to find a way out of their obesity. I'm here to tell you as a former 410-pounder who thought weight loss was out of my reach, it IS possible and you CAN be successful! DON'T GIVE UP!!!
While this survey shows obese people don't want to own up to the fact that they are fat, the truth is they are and it's time to do something about it. Stop making excuses and start losing weight right here and right now. Make today the first day of your commitment to lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life. It'll be one of the greatest decisions you have ever made in your life and you will never be the same again. Take it from me -- 180 pounds are GONE forever! YOU CAN DO IT!