Another reason why people stay overweight day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year is simply self denial. In other words, we do not face up to the fact that we are overweight and we are not willing to admit that fact to ourselves or to anyone else. Thus, we continue on with the same eating habits, the same Big Macs, the same diet and sugar loaded soda, and we keep telling ourselves "I'm only a few pounds over weight." A few pounds? About 20? Or 30? Or on up the scales to 40, 50, and more? And we kid ourselves that we haven't yet had any serious health problems so why should we bother to do anything different when we get so much enjoyment out of overeating? Self Denial never helped anyone in solving any problem. Look in the mirror, get on the scales, check the waist sizes of your pants and skirts, and honestly face up to a realistic answer to the question: Am I overweight?