People Would Prefer To Be Strong & Smart, Over Thin & Sexy

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  • 75% of Americans say they would rather be seen as physically strong as compared to only 25% who would rather be thin
  • 79% of folks would rather be perceived as smart, while only 21% would rather been thought of as sexy
  • 57% of people would want to be described as positive (57%), followed by sharp (43%), balanced (34%) and energetic (25%), while only 9% would rather be described as thin

While the media may make it seem like folks are dying to lose weight and look sexy, a new survey reveals that’s really not the most important thing on people’s minds.

A new “Healthy Now” survey conducted by “Parade” magazine and the Cleveland Clinic finds that 75% of Americans say they would rather be seen as physically strong as compared to only 25% who would rather be seen as thin. What’s more, 79% of folks would rather be perceived as smart, while only 21% would rather been thought of as sexy. And while being physically healthy is important to most people, 68% of people say being mentally healthy is just as important. 

When it comes to looks, 88% of Americans believe society sets unrealistic body image expectations. And the truth is, physical appearance isn't really what folks want to be remembered for. In fact, 57% of people would want to be described as positive (57%), followed by sharp (43%), balanced (34%) and energetic (25%), while only 9% would rather be described as thin.

  • As for their health, the biggest fear for Americans is cancer, with 39% of people fearing it for themselves and 44% fearing it for their loved ones. Other huge fears include heart disease/heart attack (31% themselves vs. 40% loved ones) and Alzheimer's/dementia (22% vs. 27%). 

Source: Cleveland Clinic

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