Recently, I made a poll titled, "Are you underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese?" Exactly 50% of the responders say they are "normal weight". A 14% of the responders say that they are "underweight". A 23% of the responders say that they are "overweight". And a 13% say they are "obese". So, the percentage of people who say that they are overweight (including obese) is really just 36%, just a little bit over one-third of the sample.
Compare these figures to the overweight and obese population in the United States.
In the United States, the percentage of adults (20 years of age or older) who are overweight (including obese) is 70.7% in 2013-2014, according to the CDC.
A Few Comments:
- The GirlsAskGuys community obviously must have access to a computer and the Internet. So, that may limit the socioeconomic status of the sample, who can probably afford a computer, Internet access, spare time on the Internet; and who probably have the ability to purchase healthier food options, like fresh vegetables and fruits (outside of corn, wheat, soybeans, rice, and cattle) that are not subsidized by the U.S. government.
- The GirlsAskGuys community primarily consists of a younger crowd, mostly people in their teens and twenties. The younger people are, the less likely they are to be overweight or obese.
- The GirlsAskGuys community is an Internet community, so Americans and non-Americans can equally participate on any question, poll, or myTake.