By Aviva Patz, Marjorie Centofanti, published on March 1, 2000 - last reviewed on February 21, 2008
The onset of bathing suit season has a way of resuscitating our No. 1 New Year's resolution: Lose Weight.
Beach-bound or not, it's a worthwhile goal, since excess weight not only increases our risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer, but also compromises our psychological welfare: Being overweight lowers self-esteem and heightens vulnerability to anxiety and depression. And with more than one of every two U.S. adults considered overweight, one in five of them obese, health officials have declared the problem an epidemic of crisis proportions.
One reason Americans can't slim down? We have fundamental misconceptions about how to do it. Test your weight-loss IQ by labeling the following statements TRUE or FALSE, then learn the truth from the experts.