Stop asking, "Does this make me look fat?" A new study shows that those who think they're too heavy are the ones most likely to be overweight by early adulthood. According to Health Day, the study captures the relationship between perceived and actual weight over a period of several years.
Among both girls and boys who were normal weight as teens but felt fat, 59 percent of the girls became overweight as women and 63 percent of the boys became overweight as men. The researchers speculate that those who went into adulthood feeling fat may have repeatedly tried to lose weight, which some studies suggest can increase the tendency to become overweight. Others may have tried skipping meals, which this study's data suggest can widen the gap between real and imagined weight.
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