Amazingly prevalent in the world's richest nation, obesity is a cause of disgust. In a country with just as many social divides as any in the West, Americas obesity levels are embarrassing to absolutely everyone, especially those trying to defend commercialism and TV, of which America is definitely king, or even Emperor. The UK is next in-line, although slowly catching up we still have many years to go before we get to American levels of obesity.
"America is experiencing an obesity epidemic. In 1999, sixty-one percent of Americans were overweight and twenty-six percent were obese. The definition of overweight is having a body-mass index (BMI) greater than 25, and the definition of obesity is having a BMI greater than 30. BMI is calculated by multiplying body weight by 705 then dividing by height in inches squared."
2001 January 4
"America's Obesity Epidemic (Family Health Focus)"
Richard Lutes, MD - OAFP Member
America is frequently ridiculed for its inhabitants unwillingness to walk rather than drive. And although the criticism is short sighted, it is at least common with the theme that America is not perceived as a healthy or wise nation by many.
Many people consider it a shocking symptom of Western indulgence and neglect that the richest nation has the highest obesity levels and still has problems with illiteracy, homelessness, etc. Although it isn't possible to get rid of such problems (and don't forget that legal immigration skews the figures), there are countries in the West such as the Netherlands and Canada that have a poverty exit rate of over 40% [Source], and although rich countries, they are not as rich as the US. The assumption that just because you are rich means you have all the factors required to fight poverty is short sighted, I feel, but many people see a fat-or-poor aspect of America.
I've had my share of fat people. Most fat people that are below 30 years old are usually just lazy people. They sit at home all day and do nothing. When they do go out, they eat some more. It's just a matter of them being weak minded and lazy. Get off your ass and eat greens, it is really that simple. I'm talking about the majority of fat people, and I know there are some people who have fat in their genes. Having fat in their genes is usually just their parent's habits passed down though.
america is too fat, too many of them drive cars and as a result too much Co2 emissions, time to ride bikes a jog people!. btw, its not the richest nation. i think it was luxonbourg or something about per capita or like that