Americans are asked 'Would you rather be thin or debt free'?

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - They say you can never be too rich or too thin. Most people would prefer to have a perfect body and have the perfect bank account , but that doesn't always happen.

 According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, debt-ridden Americans often put their physical appearance ahead of their financial state. 72 percent of Americans would rather keep their current debt, than gain 25 pounds and be completely debt free. The June 2013 survey was conducted online among 2,021 Americans ages 18 and older.

When bankruptcy is involved  the equation changes.  When asked to choose between bankruptcy and obesity, 62 percent say they would prefer to be obese, but free from all debt. Thirty-eight percent say being their "ideal weight" is preferable, even if it means dealing with bankruptcy.

Other findings include:

  • 64 percent actually think about their physical appearance more than they think about getting out of debt.
  • 36 percent of younger adults (ages 18 to 34) worry more about their looks than finances.
  • 28 percent of those 55-plus are more concerned with their body weight than with their financial state.