In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier examines a study that says that we begin underestimating our weight at an early age.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.
Weight management becomes increasingly more difficult with age and being in denial about it certainly doesn’t help. Recent research says we tend to underestimate our weight even from an early age.
In a study published in the journal Body Image, researchers documented the height, weight and body mass index of more than 3,500 undergraduate students. They then questioned the students about their weights and found the reported poundage differed significantly from reality.
More than 33 percent of the males were overweight or obese but less than 17 percent characterized themselves as being in either category. More than 27 percent of the women were overweight or obese and only 21 percent believed they were.
Researchers found that the heavier the student, the more likely they were to underestimate their weight. Researchers say we need to become more aware of weight gain as it’s happening or else we run the risk of going up a pant size or two each year.
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