We’ve all got a number. Those magical three digits that if seen on a scale would make all the ills of the world, or rather our closets melt away. Sure we’re working out to be healthy, but let’s face it hitting that magic number wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Recently, a Gallup report showed that most American’s idea of an “ideal” weight has grown in proportion to the country’s growing waistline. Americans now strive to weigh, on average, 162 pounds.
According to the study, men’s “ideal weight” is 14 pounds heavier and women’s “ideal weight” is 11 pounds heavier than they were 20 years ago. Specifically, men today say that their “ideal weight” is 185 pounds, with their current average weight being 196. Women these days say that their “ideal weight” is 140 pounds, with their current average weight being about 156 pounds.
Researchers for the study are saying:
“Americans appear to be slowly shifting to higher weights, adjusting their expectations of what is ideal over time — mirroring the increase in actual weight.”
Sounds to me like the researchers could have a point. Are some of us becoming a tad accepting of the country’s growing size and loosening our belts a little or are we simply becoming more realistic about what a healthy size actually is?
What’s your ideal weight? How did you determine that it was right for you?