+100 for mentioning both Dr. Lustig and Dr. Mercola!
Food is cheaper and more accessible in the States. It's all about 'opened 24 hours' and get more crap for less money & the proximity to Mexico which grows cheap food. It is actually cheaper in the states to eat out on crap & processed than cook at home. Plus, they are now well into the third generation that is eating out of a box and a can, so pop in the microwave pizza is actually regarded as food.... Also, a lot of Americans are actually poor and badly educated.
It is not just most Americans are overweight, it is also that the overweight portion of their population is CRAZY overweight. They are not just plump, they are enormous. It's kindda frightening that a human being can be that large.
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This is extremely true! My parents were the boomers, who were trained to trust and love brand names and things in boxes. I grew up almost exclusively eating out of cans and boxes, with the occasional meat loaf that was really more of a bread loaf. My mom thinks vegetables are poisonous and is afraid to eat them. I KNEW something was wrong but I had no idea quite how badly we had it. Cereal for breakfast, macaroni and cheese or ramen noodles for lunch, and spaghetti for dinner. Kool-aid on tap, and pizza at school and at home on the weekends.Food is cheaper and more accessible in the States. It's all about 'opened 24 hours' and get more crap for less money & the proximity to Mexico which grows cheap food. It is actually cheaper in the states to eat out on crap & processed than cook at home. Plus, they are now well into the third generation that is eating out of a box and a can, so pop in the microwave pizza is actually regarded as food.... Also, a lot of Americans are actually poor and badly educated.
Tonight I had to go to an ATM, so I drove around the bank navigating the maze to the drive-up ATM.
My husband, a European, commented "This is why Americans are fat."
Not even Micky D's have drive-thru's in Europe. Well, there may be a few. But they are considered strange.
i agree with portion sizes. i have family in England and my uncle says that noone would ever ask for a to-go box in a restaurant and that you dont need them because the portions arent as large.
the fat acceptance movement has made the obesity problem so much worse. Now people who are 30 to 50 pounds overweight describe themselves as average. I guess they are right that most people are overweight also but when I think of average I think of what a normal person should look like not what they actually look like today.
I think that there's a fine line between making overweight (I'm talking people who are 10-20 pounds overweight, not people who are 300-400lbs) people feel OK about themselves and encouraging unhealthy behavior. It's one thing for a single mom working full time to be a bit overweight and/or have other priorities besides going to the gym and getting ripped, but I'd say the majority of people who are overweight or obese don't really have any legit excuses for being the way they are. At the same time though, I've met people who are 10-20lbs overweight but are way healthier and fitter (in terms of athletic abilities), than plenty of skinny-fat people who've never lifted anything or run three miles in their life.
But still, people who are single, in their 20's, and obese have no excuse for their condition. Sorry if this makes me seem like an asshole, but sugar-coating (hahah ... bacon-coating?) the truth doesn't help anyone.
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