Update: March 30, 2018
Final results were:
144 total votes
49 % preferred to be fat for life, but always have great hair.
51 % percent preferred to be bald for life, but always have the perfect weight.
I am very surprised at how close it was. Thanks to all those who voted.
I have started a poll (LINK HERE — and the content is also pasted at the bottom of this post) on Twitter and you can vote if you have an account on there. The goal of the poll is to determine what percent of people prefer being overweight to being bald (and vice versa) assuming that you have no option other than to suffer from at least one of those two conditions. Note that your response is anonymous on Twitter surveys and no-one, including me, can find out who is voting.
When you are 50 lbs overweight, in most cases that classifies as being obese due to your having a BMI of over 30. See here for the difference in definition between the words “overweight” and “obese”. Some very tall people can be 50 lbs over their ideal weight/BMI and still be considered as “just” overweight rather than obese.
Of course it is much much easier to lose weight than to gain hair. However, for a huge number of people, genetics plus metabolism disorders plus computer based sedentary work schedules often make it impossible to lose all the weight that they want to, and then keep it off. Similarly, some bald people just do not have a great head shape and skin type to make the bald appearance look that great. One of my balding relatives is still tormented by the fact that his very long ears and face were compared to the FA Cup when he was in high school. I doubt that he will ever shave it all off unless he gets otoplasty surgery first.
So to have the poll make logical sense, I added the respective assumptions at the end of each of the two answer choices below. Of course the first guy who commented to the poll Tweet ruined everything and said (or joked) that for him, 50 lbs overweight would be an improvement from his current state so the answer choice is very obvious!
Which option would you prefer?
A = Perfect hair till death, but 50 lbs overweight till death. Assume that nothing you try reduces the excess weight.
B = Bald till death, but ideal body weight till death. Assume that the bald look does not suit your face and skin type that well.
— Hairlosscure2020 (@HLcure2020) March 26, 2018