One of the totally cool things about my job is that I have spent most of the last 20 odd years or so, outside of the USA working in various countries.

I'm currently in Munich, Germany for a week's worth of meetings and document reviews. What I have seen here, I have also seen in places like Amsterdam and that is the contrast between how healthy people seem here versus the USA.

While I have seen the occasional overweight person here, they seem to be the exception rather than the rule. Almost everyone I have seen here, young or old, are generally pretty slim, seem fit and have a healthy glow about them.

And most people here seem to either walk or bicycle, almost everywhere they go. I'm sure that is curtailed somewhat during the winter months but everyone is out and about here.

Two noticeable things that are missing here, compared to the USA, is a fast-food place on every street corner and a drug store on every block. Within a 10 minute walk of my house in the USA, there is 2 drug stores and 3 fast food joints. Hmmm, wonder what the connection is there?

In Munich, I spent 3 hours walking the other night and I saw 1 fast-food place, a Burger King. I saw maybe 2 pharmacies, they were small and seemed to have about as much natural remedies as they did the usual OTC and prescription drugs.

Even old people, like 70s and older, are out and about. Moving a bit slow but still pulling their little carts behind them with their groceries.

I have also seen no big chain grocery stores. The stores seem to be small and local. Fruit and veggie stands are common.

And the other things missing here is that I have not seen any electric wheelchairs (Hoverrounds), none. I have seen a couple of people in wheelchairs propelling themselves along but none of the electric scooters you see in Wal-Mart and Target.

And it is not just Germany, the same thing struck me in Amsterdam. Few people in personal cars, lots of walking or biking, few fatties and when you did see one, they were generally tourist.

I also noticed the same thing in other countries, such as Nigeria. Now the life span of Nigerians may not be as long as Americans but that may be because of a higher rate of accidental/non-natural deaths and the endemic disease of Malaria that they have there but, except for the affluent Nigerians, most Nigerians are fit and healthy living on basic foods bought locally. And they have no fast-food places there except for the occasional local shops.

Once you get outside of the USA, you begin to see how sick our country has become. Never leaving the borders can give you a classical "can't see the forest for the trees" outlook.

Here are some things that America is #1 at (from

  • Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese
  • The average American drinks more than 600 sodas a year - the most in the world
  • U.S. corporations sell more fast food and more soda than anyone else in the world by a wide margin
  • Nobody watches more television per week (28 hours) than Americans do
  • Americans take more prescription drugs than anyone else in the world
  • More is spent on prescription drug advertising in America than anywhere else in the world
  • The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world
  • More people have been diagnosed with mental disorders in America than anywhere else on earth
  • Nobody in the world gets more plastic surgery done than Americans do
  • The United States spends much more on health care as a percentage of GDP than any other nation on the face of the earth

We don't have "healthcare" in the USA, we have sick care. American's are sick and getting sicker. They will continue to follow Conventional Wisdom to their (early) graves.