Updated 05/21/2012 01:12 PM
Poll Shows New Yorkers Tie Happiness, Success To Weight
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An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers think thin people are happier and more successful than overweight people, according to a new NY1/Marist poll.
The poll found 72 percent of New Yorkers think thin people are happier than overweight people; 13 percent disagree.
When it comes to success, 72 percent say a thin person is more successful while only eight percent say overweight people are.
"I think the dominant finding in this particular question from New York State is when you think about people being happy, when you think about success, people being thin seemed to have a leg up on everybody else," said Marist Pollster Lee Miringoff.
As for self perception, the poll found 68 percent of New Yorkers would describe themselves as about the right weight for their size and age; 29 percent say they are overweight, and only four percent think they're underweight.
New Yorkers who spoke with NY1 had mixed thoughts on the results.
"I think for me, as part of working hard going to the gym, I work harder in my personal life, and I think that's where I get my success from," said one New Yorker.
"You can't really judge a person being successful by the amount of pounds that they weigh," said another New Yorker. "I think it's what they do with their lives, like getting a good job doesn't have anything to do with how heavy you are or how skinny you are."
The poll also asked people about their fast food consumption.
Sixty percent of respondents said they have not eaten in a fast food restaurant during the past week. However, about a quarter who were surveyed said they did visit a fast food place at least once.
A total of 760 New York adults ages 18 years and older were surveyed by phone for the poll.
The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.