People are more embarrassed to tell people they have credit card debt than they are to reveal their age or weight, according to an online poll by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

The poll found that 37 percent of respondents were embarrassed to admit they had credit card debt and 30 percent were embarrassed to share their credit score.

Credit card debt and credit scores are closely linked, the Foundation said. Excessive credit card debt should warn people they are in the financial danger zone. Credit cards may seem like the answer when a person needs money, but charging beyond what can be repaid each month can quickly balloon out of control.

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