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5/21: The Weight Factor? More than Seven in Ten New Yorkers Tie Happiness and Success to Weight


5/21: The Weight Factor? More than Seven in Ten New Yorkers Tie Happiness and Success to Weight

They say money can’t buy happiness, but can being thin?  According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, 72% of New York State adults think someone who is thin is happier than someone who is overweight.  13% disagree and report that a person who is overweight is happier, and 15% are unsure.

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When it comes to success, the same proportion of New York State adults — 72% — report someone who is thin is more successful while 8% say those who are overweight are.  One in five — 20% — is unsure.

Income makes a difference.  Nearly eight in ten New Yorkers who earn $100,000 or more a year — 79% — say thin people are more successful.  This compares with 72% of those who make between $50,000 and just under $100,000 annually and 69% who make less than $50,000 a year.

There is no age difference on this question.  Regardless of age, more than seven in ten think someone who is thin is more successful than someone who is overweight.

How do New Yorkers perceive their own weight?  68% describe themselves as about the right weight for their size and age.  29% say they are overweight while only 4% think they are underweight.

Table: Level of Happiness Related to Weight

Table: Level of Success Related to Weight

Table: Perceptions of Weight

Fast Food Fanatics?  Six in Ten New Yorkers Pass

60% of adults in New York say they have not eaten in a fast food restaurant during the past week.  One in four — 25% — visited a fast food joint at least one day last week, 7% have eaten a meal in such an establishment two days while 4% have dined at a fast food establishment three days.  Four is the number of days reported by 2% of New Yorkers while just 1% has eaten at a restaurant similar to McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s five days during the last week.  Two percent report eating at a fast food restaurant all seven days.

New Yorkers who report eating at a fast food restaurant in the past week did so on average of close to two days — 1.8 days.

Younger New Yorkers are more likely to have visited a fast food restaurant than older New Yorkers.  63% of New Yorkers under 30, 44% of those 30 to 44, 38% of residents 45 to 59, and 23% of those 60 and older have dined at this type of restaurant at least once in the past week.

Table: Number of Days Eaten a Meal in a Fast Food Restaurant

Table: Number of Days Eaten a Meal in a Fast Food Restaurant (Average)

Nature of the Sample

How the Survey was Conducted

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  1. Goggin

    November 16, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Is it really effected?
    I do regular exercise and avoid junk food take take many plan for being healthy.

  2. sam

    December 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Speaking as a person who at one time was overweight it is definately true for me. I was not happy when I was overweight. I would get out of breath from putting my shoes and socks on. Weight issues and self esteem go hand in hand.

  3. Susie Smith

    August 5, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    I have to agree with this finding. I believe there definitely is a correlation between being thin and being happy. I know personally, if I’m at my best physically, I tend to be in a better mood, and conversely, if I’m a little overweight, I’m definitely not happy. This applies to a lot of people, though- not just New Yorkers.

  4. Sharon J

    July 26, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    I think there is a direct correlation on how someone looks physically and the interpreted level of discipline they have. Someone who controls their weight looks like they have more discipline over the things they eat and therefore, are more disciplined in general. Discipline, along with focus, is a key component in success. If someone is going to judge success, they’re going to judge what they can see first, your body.

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