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    I think people do more walking in the UK and Europe. It's pretty tough to walk or find mass transit in the US unless you live someplace like New York or San Francisco. This is in addition to portion sizes and our HMO docs who don't seem to think for themselves.
    Folk are generally a lot slimmer in London and the south east cf the rest of the UK - same story as New York. Because you have to be loaded not to have to walk a few miles a day just to go about your daily business of earning a living in either city.

    In a nutshell, expensive housing and no free parking. Also, lots of exciting stuff to do.
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    Think in the UK we are quickly catching up.
    There is a massive obesity problem now in the UK. Over 25% of adults are obese and this figure is growing. A third of UK children are classed as overweight by the time they are 11.
    Very sad to see young kids so overweight.

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    I think the many reasons above all contribute to the issue.

    It would also be interesting to see how expensive food itself is in the UK compared to the US. Over the last 40 years or so, the percentage of income devoted to food in the US has gone down by half - even while the amount consumed has risen. Back when people were thinner and better-dressed (), food was more expensive. Being obese was a bit more expensive!

    As food in Europe gets cheaper, then, along with all the other factors mentioned, we might expect to see larger folks.

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    Oh, people.
    Insecurity/stress leading to comfort stuffing, long workdays without breaks ending in collapse in front of TV with pizza in hand, lack of vacations etc.

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    I have lived in Santa Barbara my whole life. It's a great place if you like the outdoors. The ocean and mountains are both 10 minutes away. It's easy to get around by bicycle, easy to get around on foot, great weather almost all the time. At one point I considered a move to Atlanta. I went to visit. If I were to ride a bicycle or walk in Atlanta I'd surely be killed by a car. There were no bike lanes and no sidewalks and despite not being afraid to "take the lane" when I ride a bike, I knew those drivers would kill me on purpose. We had to drive two hours to find mountains. I don't know where the ocean was. You couldn't walk from anyplace that had houses to anyplace that had grocery stores. I tried to pretend it would be okay, after all it was my boyfriend who was there being interviewed for a job and I wanted to be supportive, but I couldn't keep myself from bursting into tears. I just couldn't live there if I could never go outside and ride my bike or take a walk. I could never live my life so dependent upon my car. I think this is one of many reasons Americans are fat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damiana View Post
    Large portion sizes, little exercise, processed foods that are nutritionally devoid and easy to prepare, snacks that are sweet and salty and designed to make you overeat, a government and doctors who generally push the CW that one should eat a high- whole grain and low fat diet. Corn and soybean in everything.
    Damiana said it in a nutshell. Also, gluten is in everything here and it's on purpose. Food manufactures know that grains cause people to overeat, crave foods, get sick (but not sick enough to stop eating), and so on. It's hard to explain but we have an accepted culture of laziness here. You don't need to live here in order to see it, just look at the characters on our TV programs. Where I live people will NOT walk. They will park right up next to a store and not bat an eye to the fact that they're blocking a fire lane. I go for a walk every day during my lunch break and my co-workers think I'm nuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Koozie View Post
    Damiana said it in a nutshell.
    No, she didn't.

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    Would I be putting a grain-feed cow on a fad diet if I took it out of the feedlot and put it on pasture eating the grass nature intended?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    I have lived in Santa Barbara my whole life. It's a great place if you like the outdoors. The ocean and mountains are both 10 minutes away. It's easy to get around by bicycle, easy to get around on foot, great weather almost all the time. At one point I considered a move to Atlanta. I went to visit. If I were to ride a bicycle or walk in Atlanta I'd surely be killed by a car. There were no bike lanes and no sidewalks and despite not being afraid to "take the lane" when I ride a bike, I knew those drivers would kill me on purpose. We had to drive two hours to find mountains. I don't know where the ocean was. You couldn't walk from anyplace that had houses to anyplace that had grocery stores. I tried to pretend it would be okay, after all it was my boyfriend who was there being interviewed for a job and I wanted to be supportive, but I couldn't keep myself from bursting into tears. I just couldn't live there if I could never go outside and ride my bike or take a walk. I could never live my life so dependent upon my car. I think this is one of many reasons Americans are fat.
    Oh yes. I've lived in The Netherlands, and in the cities there are not only special bike lanes, there are special bike stop lights. Also, there is always a sidewalk providing a shortcut to pedestrians. Whereas, when I lived in suburban NY my grocery store was only about a half mile away, but instead of connecting to my residential area with a sidewalk there was a humongous fence, the only way I could get there was to drive around on a very busy divided highway. Getting there without a car was designed to be a PITA, and dangerous. It was very aggravating.

    But I think there are many pieces to the puzzle. Europeans have better healthcare and better access to primary care physicians (who will do the "I think you should lose some weight" talk), "convenience" vegetables are common in the supermarket (precut packages and salads) and people shop multiple times a week. They work less hours and take longer vacations. You know, all those terrible socialist things like that. They may pay more in taxes, but in general they have a higher standard of living, on average (at least, in Northern Europe, the southerners have their own peculiar ideas about life).

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