59% Believe They Are Overweight

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of American adults believe that they are at least somewhat overweight. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that total includes 16% who believe they are significantly overweight.

Those figures include 65% of women and 51% of men (see crosstab results).

Still, 60% rate their own physical fitness as good or excellent. Thirty-three percent (33%) rate their fitness as fair while 8% say poor.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of men rate their fitness as good or excellent along with 56% of women.

In terms of what they do about it, 36% exercise most days or every day and 19% about once or twice a week. Thirty-one percent (31%) say they exercise occasionally and 13% not at all.

Among those who are at least somewhat overweight, 85% say it’s likely they’ll lose some weight in the coming months.

Eighteen percent (18%) of all adults are currently on a diet. Another 33% say it’s at least somewhat likely they’ll go on a diet at some point in 2019.

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The national survey of 1,076 Adults was conducted January 1-2, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.0 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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