Obese British consider themselves healthy 肥胖的英国人称自己"健康"

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Image caption Too fat? Is this the right size to be?

在英国,尽管肥胖人数比例惊人,但大多数英国民众仍认为他们很“健康”。这是BBC 从民调机构“ORB 民意调查”获取的一项最新调查结果。这项令人惊讶的民调结果使英国人看上去好像对“健康”这个概念有些模糊。以下是 Rob Broomby 的报道:


It appears the British are subject to a major delusion. World Health Organisation statistics suggest a staggering 61 per cent of people in the UK are in fact overweight but ask the British about their health and the vast majority, 78 per cent, will claim to be healthy.

Despite constant reporting of the costs and consequences of obesity it appears only 40 per cent of people admit to being overweight in the UK. The polling organisation, Win/Gallup International, which conducted the research, concluded the British had a poor grasp of their health and were not ready to get to grips with it. But self-image is a strange thing: in Denmark and Switzerland nine out of ten people felt they were, on balance, healthy, the highest numbers recorded but the Germans in contrast delivered the harshest verdicts on the state they were in. How the answers relate to national stereotypes, the relative propensity to complain or make light of problems, is not answered in the research.