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We're more ashamed of credit card debt than weight

A new survey reveals Americans are most embarrassed to admit their amount of credit card debt.

By MSN Money Partner 4 hours ago

This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News.


Money Talks News on MSN MoneyWould you rather tell people your weight or your credit card balance?


A recent survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling found that nearly 40 percent of Americans are more embarrassed about their credit card debt than their age, weight, credit score or bank balance. Credit score came in a close second, with 30 percent of the vote.


Overweight © ULTRA.F/Getty ImagesJust 12 percent of respondents said their weight was the most embarrassing. And only 10 percent indicated their bank balance was humiliating.


The results of the NFCC survey are telling, according to Gail Cunningham, NFCC spokesperson.


"Since consumers revealed that the two facts they'd be most embarrassed to admit are related to credit, it is obvious that they are not comfortable with how they are currently managing their money," she said in a statement.


CBS MoneyWatch said credit card debt is still a conversational taboo, likely because of the amount of credit card debt people rack up.

The average household carries $7,087 in credit card debt, with the country's total credit card indebtedness mounting to $854.2 billion. That makes it the third-biggest debt market after mortgages and student loans, notes personal finance site NerdWallet.

I think if it came down to it, I would be most hesitant, and embarrassed, to admit my weight. Does that make me vain? I don't know. I do have some credit card debt, but nothing I'm embarrassed to admit, and my credit score is OK too.


What would you be most embarrassed to admit?


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25Comments
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slow news day...........must have scrambled for hours before coming up with that.
3 hours ago
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You can see a persons weight pretty clearly, but can't see their credit card debt.
2 hours ago
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Kinda goes hand in hand. We can buy a double cheeseburger for $2 but a decent salad costs $11.
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The higher our countries personal credit card debt gets, the worse our government becomes. Far too many people are looking to solve personal finance problems with votes and politicians are always ready to jump on that prey.

The problem is only a little over 50% of eligible voters, actually vote in elections. So 100% of the country is falling victim to what 1/3 of the country is voting for. With a growing number of fiscally illiterate citizens actually showing up to vote, how will we ever really get the change we need?
1 hour ago
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I am ashamed that I commented on this worthless article....
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Number of marriages. The rest is trivial.
3 hours ago
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Our weight doesn't bother us...and we hold 12 credit cards in each tentacle..Spend!  Spend!  Spend!
54 minutes ago
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Obviously being over weight doesn't bother America or there wouldn't be millions of obese people walking around...duh
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greatttttttttt I'm fat and broke.... I loose twice....
3 hours ago
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How moronic is this "story"?

To begin with, when someone sees you they pretty much already know your weight and can guess your age, so of course you don't admitting to that, you really can't hide that.
40 minutes ago
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I read this article because I was so curious how this could be that embarrassing. I guess it shows how shallow the general public is.. Some people are fat because of illness and sometimes it's economic reasons. Cheap food is unhealthy whether you eat a lot of it or a little it's more unhealthy. If you pay attention the rich are usually healthier just based on their resources; they can buy the good food and afford gym membership, spa treatments to maintain health/weight, even plastic surgery etc. Then there's the issue with debt isn't this a general problem in bad economic times? Unless you have huge savings if you are without a job for any long period of time you will have credit debt? Why are we ashamed not everyone who is overweight or in debt is irresponsible, sometimes there are other factors that lead to these circumstances. Meh!
3 hours ago
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I am ashamed of both but the weight is definitely more important and no reason you can't do something about that.
1 hour ago
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They are equally to blame for the bad shape this country is in. No pun intended.
1 hour ago
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Neither.For either of us. We are both normal weight for age and height with the BMI's to prove it. We also have zero credit card debt. The bill gets paid off in full each month.
1 hour ago
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Redwoods or prickly pear cactus, which can swim the fastest? 
1 hour ago
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I'M SURE MORE PEOPLE STRESS OVER MORE IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE PENIS SIZE OR BREAST SIZE YOU KNOW THE REALLY IMPORTANT THINGS!
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I got this FAT Charging Cheese Burgers and Curly Fries on my Credit Card, so I am equally embarressed about My BIG FAT **** and my BIG FAT CREDIT CARD DEBT.
29 minutes ago
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Hell yeah, if you eat well, enjoy life with little worry,chances are, you don't have a debt issue :) Fat Cat !
1 hour ago
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Enough, of this liberal mollycoddling.  Bring back debtor's prisons.  And that would take care of overweight people as well.  ;)
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