Many Americans not as healthy as they think

February 16, 2010 1:43:34 PM PST
So, how healthy are you? A new survey finds most Americans believe their health is just fine, even though their doctors disagree.

In a survey commissioned by GE Healthcare, more than 50 percent of respondents said that other people's health "was going in the wrong direction."

Seventeen percent said their own health was going in the wrong direction.

Researchers say either people are denying reality about themselves or they don't' have the correct knowledge and believe they are doing the right things.

Scientists say, in a land where people are overweight and obese, people tend to compare themselves favorably with their more overweight neighbors.