The most startling fact to come out of the June 2013 survey is that 72 percent of the 2,021 respondents said they would rather live with their current debt than gain 25 pounds and be completely debt-free. Only 28 percent said they would be willing to gain that much weight to get out of debt.
In a similar vein, 43 percent of those surveyed agreed with the statement: "How much I weigh is more important than how much debt I have."
Among those surveyed, 74 percent said they have some debt and 46 percent said they have credit card debt. The mean amount of credit card debt for the group was $5,900.
Some of the other findings of the survey include:
- 64 percent of those surveyed think about their physical appearance more than their debt.
- 35 percent worry more about how they look than the debt they're in.
- 70 percent said they care more about their physical health than their financial health.
The financial experts at Credit Karma think the focus on weight isn't necessarily about vanity, but more of a reaction to education surrounding the importance of being physically fit. Their goal is to get Americans equally educated about the benefits of financial fitness.
If you had to choose, which would you rather be: thin and debt-ridden, or fat and debt-free?
Michele Lerner is a contributing writer to The Motley Fool.