We’re not being honest with ourselves.


75 Percent of Americans Think They’re Healthy — Spoiler Alert: They’re Wrong

A recent NPR survey determined that about 75 percent of us think we’re healthier, despite a 36 percent obesity rate

If you had to rate the overall healthfulness of your diet, where do you think you’d stand? Apparently, most of us are more confident in our health than we’d be willing to admit to ourselves. According to an NPR survey of 3,000 U.S. adults this past May, 75 percent of Americans rated their health as good, very good, or excellent.

This optimism directly contradicts the Center for Disease Control’s statistics that 80 percent of us don’t eat enough vegetables and 36 percent of Americans are obese.

So, what do we make of this statistic? Do Americans have blinders on?

"Some of the problem is that individuals pay more attention to getting good things in their diet than they do to limiting overall intake," David Just, a behavioral economist who studies food psychology at Cornell University, told NPR as an explanation for this unbalance. "It is hard to monitor overall consumption. It is easy to remember to add a fruit or vegetable to the plate."

We’re also consuming more food every day than ever before. According to data from Evoke, Americans consume around 3,700 calories daily, which is much more than the recommended 2,000-calorie daily serving size.

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