At least that’s how it used to be.
According to the latest research, 23 percent of America’s overweight females (aged 18-25) are becoming more ‘guy-like’ in their assessment of their bodies and are underestimating their level of body-fat.
As a result, they are more likely to live a pro-obesity lifestyle and are more vulnerable to cardiovascular and other -obesity-related diseases.
Researchers found that:
This is the first study to look at women’s weight-related behaviors associated with their self-perception of body-weight.
And according to study author, Dr. Mahbubur Rahman, “What we found reflects the ‘fattening’ of America.” “As obesity numbers climb, many women identify overweight as normal, not based on the scale but on how they view themselves.”
So, what does all of this mean?
Lead author, Dr. Abbey Berenson believes that “weight misperception is a threat to the success of obesity prevention programs.” “Overweight individuals who do not recognize that they are overweight are far less likely to eat healthfully and exercise. These patients are at risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and other serious problems.”
She also recommends that clinicians calculate patients’ BMI at each visit as part of their vital signs, routinely screen for misperceptions of body weight and inquire about unhealthy weight-related behaviors so that they can counsel patients appropriately.
“This is especially important for reproductive-age women because they are more likely to be obese than similarly aged men, often because they’ve had at least one child and have not lost pregnancy weight and find that their schedules make it difficult to exercise and eat healthfully.”
Or, in layman’s terms: