YNN-Marist poll: New Yorkers on obesity
Is fat where it's at? Is thin in? Or does your weight not make any difference when it comes to success and happiness? These are some of the questions we asked in a new YNN-Marist Poll. Our Roger Clark has the answers.
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NEW YORK STATE -- Does carrying around less weight bring a person more joy?
"People who are thinner don't necessarily have to worry as much about body image. They can go out and enjoy themselves more often," one person said.
"It could be for some folks, but not for me," said another.
A new YNN-Marist poll found lots of folks who say thin is the way to go. Seventy-two percent of New York State adults surveyed said someone who is thin is happier than someone who is overweight. Thirteen percent felt overweight people are happier, 15 percent weren't sure.
A large number of those surveyed also believed being slim leads to more success in life. Seventy-two percent felt thin people are more successful. Only eight percent said overweight people are, 20 percent weren't sure.
"I think for me, as part of working hard going to the gym, I work harder in my personal life and I think that's where I get my success from," one person said.
"You can't really judge a person being successful by the amount of pounds that they weigh. I think it's what they do with their lives, like getting a good job doesn't have anything to do with how heavy you are or how skinny you are," another said.
How about self perception? The poll revealed that 68 percent felt they were about the right weight for their size and age. Twenty-nine percent said they could probably lose a few pounds and four percent felt they could actually gain a few pounds.
"I think I'm a little too light. I'd actually like to put on 10 pounds of muscle not of fat," one person said.
"I was a division one athlete, so I consider myself in pretty good shape," one person said.
"People have told me that I'm a little underweight, but I feel that I'm just right for my size," another person said.
"I'm a little overweight, but I'm average I think, but I need to lose a couple of more pounds," another person said.
The poll also asked people about their fast food consumption. Sixty percent said they have not eaten in a fast food restaurant during the past week. But about a quarter who were surveyed said they did visit a fast food place at least once.