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What Is Your Ideal Weight? [POLL]

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Since 1990, Gallup has been asking Americans what their ideal weight is. Since 1990 Americans have made a lot of visits to McDonalds, and it continues to show. Americans, on average, say their ideal weight is 13 pounds more than it was in 2000, and their actual weight is up 15 pounds since 1990.

Americans, on average, say their ideal weight is 162 pounds, continuing a trend of increasing estimates of ideal weight since Gallup first asked about it in 1990. The trend in Americans’ self-reported actual weight, now averaging 176 pounds, has shown a similar increase over time.

  • More adults than ever — 60% — say their weight is about right, although 36% percent of American adults are obese and another 33% are overweight
  • The average ideal weight for men was 185 pounds, according to the poll, a Gallup record, and up 14 pounds since 1990. The average actual weight for men was 196 pounds, up 16 pounds since 1990
  • The average ideal weight for women was 140 pounds, tying for the Gallup record in 2011 and up 11 pounds since 1990. The average actual weight for women was 156, up 14 pounds since 1990

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