Washington: Misconception about one`s weight is an important barrier to weight loss in obese people, a new study has revealed.When University of Illinois researchers surveyed over 3,500 college applicants, more than a third couldn``t report their weight accurately, and overweight and obese men were more likely to underestimate their weight than women.“This misperception is important because the first step in dealing with a weight problem is knowing that you have one,” Margarita Teran-Garcia, said.The study is part of the Up Amigos project, which is a collaboration between scientists at the U of I and the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potos in Mexico.In physical exams, the height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) of 3,622 18- to 20-year-old applicants to the Mexican university were recorded, the aspiring students also completed surveys in which they reported their weight status.Among the college-aged men, 33.6 percent were overweight or obese, but only 16.9 percent described themselves as being in those categories.For women, the gap between perception and reality was smaller – 27.8 percent of women were actually overweight or obese, but only 21.2 percent believed that they were.
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