Results from a recent survey of 1,234 U.S. adults surveyed for Consumer Reports: 89.7% of Americans described their diet as “healthy”:
- “somewhat” healthy (52.6 percent), or
- “very” healthy (31.5 percent), or
- “extremely” healthy (5.6 percent) healthy
This is an amazing disconnect between people’s perceptions of what they eat, and what they actually eat. Unfortunately, perception is not reality. For example, contrast our self perception and our nation’s weight health statistics:
- 68% of Americans are overweight, and
- Nearly half of those people fall into the category of being obese (as in, a BMI of 30 or greater).
A healthy diet — for those who do not know, a lot of people apparently — emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains; includes lean meats such as chicken, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
There are a lot of reasons that people are overweight, but I guess I always kind of thought that people realized on some level that what they were eating was unhealthy. Guess not. (Source)