A country in denial: Most Americans believe they are healthy.. even if they are overweight and don’t work out

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 12:55 EST, 30  June 2013 |  UPDATED: 13:17 EST, 30 June 2013

Americans are in denial about their  lifestyles and believe they are healthier than they actually are, a new study  has found.

Insurance company Aetna commissioned a study  which looked at various things including how we rank our health compared to  other generations to what we would do if we had an extra hour in a  day.

In the survey of 1,800 adults between the  ages of 25 and 64, when asked why they exercise, typically young women said it  was to look good in their underwear.

More than 50 per cent believed they were  healthy even if they were overweight, although 67 per cent of people asked said  they needed to lose a median of 25 pounds.

Baby boomers – aged 50 to 64 – are twice as more likely  than Generation Xers and Millennials to describe  themselves as healthy, which  included getting regular doctor checkups or screenings

Almost half of Americans said they believe  their generation is the healthiest, with 45 per cent saying they  think their own generation is in the best shape, followed by their parents’  generation and then by the  generation younger than their own.

Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet,  told CNBC  of the study’s participants: ‘There  is a disconnect. It’s surprising.

 

‘Being healthy is about being at a healthy  body weight…the higher their weight goes, the higher their risk  increases.

‘There is that road to health. More people  are getting on it. I just think we need more people to be on that  road.’

When it comes to exercise, 44 per cent of those surveyed said they are more motivated to exercise when they can do it alone 

Solo: When it comes to exercise, 44 per cent of those  surveyed said they are more motivated to exercise when they can do it  alone

Baby boomers – aged 50 to 64 – are twice as  more likely than Generation Xers and Millennials to describe themselves as  healthy, which included getting regular doctor checkups or  screenings.

Millennials – aged 18 and 34 – believe their  eating and exercise habits are better than those of other generations, though 37  per cent of them admit drinking alcohol to deal with stress with around half  saying they snack on unhealthy food when they are stressed out.

A third of Millennials and Generation Xers  said they worried about what they looked like in their underwear while just 19  per cent of baby boomers worried about this.

When it comes to exercise, 44 per cent of  those surveyed said they are more motivated to exercise when they can do it  alone and if given an hour extra a day more people said they would exercise than  they would sleep

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