With all the pleasantly plump Americans walking around, it was only a matter of time before they accepted their adipose deposits and started the process of acceptance, love, and healing.
According to a new Gallup poll, Americans are starting to redefine what they consider as overweight. Compared with 1990, Americans on average are 20 pounds heavier now and even put their “ideal weight” about 10 pounds heavier than before.
Black folks in particular have seen tremendous gains in their weight since 1990 although black culture has always been seen as more forgiving of overweight people.
Men reported an average weight of 196 pounds, compared with 180 in 1990, and an ideal weight of 181 pounds, compared with 171 pounds two decades ago.
Likewise, women reported an average weight of 160 pounds, compared with 142 in 1990, and an ideal weight of 138 pounds, when it used to be 129 pounds.
Still, just 39 percent of Americans classified themselves as overweight, with 56 percent reporting their weight was “about right.”
Sound-Off: Do you think you’ve been more forgiving of your weight gain? Do you still secretly judge overweight people or have you accepted that Americans are overweight?