Fatter, but OK with it

Ideal weights have increased alongside self-reported poundage in the last decade

The average self-reported weight among Americans has crept up over the last 10 years, but fewer people consider themselves overweight, according to a recent Gallup survey. The average weight of people polled in 2003-2007 was 174 pounds, compared with 177 pounds in 2013-2017. Ideal weights (also self-reported) have likewise increased, from 157 to 161 pounds. Only 38 percent of those polled during the more recent period say they are overweight, compared with 41 percent in the earlier survey. Women were more likely to self-identify as overweight in both time periods, with 40 percent of females (compared with 35 percent of men) polled since 2013 saying they carried extra pounds. Regardless of self-image regarding weight, the survey also notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in October that nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are “obese.”