Poll: Americans care more about looks than finances
Would you rather be overweight or debt-free? In America, we care more about our appearances than our finances, according to a recent survey.
Around 72% of Americans would prefer keeping their current debt to gaining 25 pounds and losing their financial burden, a survey conducted by Harris Interactive found. Forty-three percent of participants said weight is more important than the amount of debt they have, although there was a gap between genders. Women were more sensitive to their financial state than men were, with 38% saying the amount of debt is more important than weight, compared with 49% of men.
However, finances came out on top when participants were asked about looks vs. bankruptcy. Sixty-two percent said they would prefer to be obese and free from all debt, while 38% would rather maintain their ideal weight and be bankrupt. The survey also found that younger adults are more likely to worry about their looks compared to adults 55+.
The survey made participants choose between appearance and money, but both are currently problems in the U.S. Americans are knee-deep in debt, owing $2.84 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve. More than one-third of Americans are obese, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In New York alone, almost 25 percent of residents consider themselves obese.
The survey, conducted in June, polled 2,021 Americans over age 18 online.