While 85% of Americans say they know how to eat right, more than half flunked a basic quiz on dietary facts and weight loss. The MDVIP Fat IQ Survey, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, reveals contradictory behaviors relating to obesity and weight management and explores deeper motivations that may stimulate lifestyle changes and offer Americans a higher probability of losing weight successfully.
Of Americans who received physical education (PE) in school, a vast majority are active as adults and more than one-third are active to at least a "healthy level," according to the Physical Activity Council's (PAC) recently released 2018 Participation Report.
Two-thirds of U.S. females consider themselves to be a special size; one-third identifies as plus-size
Teenage females in the U.S. are changing when it comes to the types of clothing sizes they are purchasing, according to the 2015 Women’s Special Sizes Study from global information company The NPD Group. While there has been a sizeable decline among U.S. teens purchasing in the junior size category – from 81 percent in 2012, to 73 percent in 2015 – the percentage of those purchasing plus-size clothing has grown almost two-fold – now 34 percent, compared to 19 percent in 2012.
More than one-third of American adults today are obese according to The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, but most people don't think they are part of the problem. Almost nine out of ten adults surveyed (84% percent) believe Americans generally weigh more now than they did five years ago, yet 56% of overweight respondents and 30% of obese respondents felt they were at normal weights compared to the general American public.
Americans are shifting to healthier, simpler diets and that has helped to stabilize obesity levels. A new report from The NPD Group finds Americans consume more fruit, more bottled water and more yogurt than they did a decade ago. In fact, Fruit has now surpassed milk, vegetables and carbonated soft drinks and now ranks number two on the list of top ten foods Americans eat.