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British survey shows that people underestimate their weight and struggle to identify the point when someone becomes obese

12 December 2016

British survey shows that people underestimate their weight and struggle to identify the point when someone becomes obese

Public Health England (PHE) commissioned the National Centre for Social Research to include a set of questions in its British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey to understand the public’s view of obesity and related issues. The paper, ‘Attitudes to obesity’, presents the results.  The primary findings show that people underestimate their weight and struggle to identify the point when someone becomes obese. All of this combined suggests being overweight or obese is normalised in society.

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