Obesity Rates Around the World
#1: The United States at 30.6%,
#2: Mexico, our neighbor to the South at #2: 24.2%,
#3: The United Kingdom, the loins from which our American culture sprang, at 23%.
#23: France at 9.4%, trailing behind in one battle they can be proud to lose. Heh, heh...OK, sorry, that was my one obnoxious comment about France for this post. The point is, the French are significantly less obese, and considerably healthier.
Sometimes I really wonder what the hell Americans are doing to themselves. Americans have the most insane habit of forcing themselves to do things they do not enjoy because someone told them it was the most efficient/healthiest/most enlightened. Please explain to me why anyone would force themselves to aquire a taste for diet drinks, or give up butter for magarine, or start eating tofu, or spend two hours staring at the wall of a gym on a treadmill rather than walking outside, or eat any food that has "fat free" on the label? Americans turn everything, even things that are meant to be leisure, into work. It is awful. We work during vacations, we stuff down food while multi-tasking (responding to emails, reading, watching a show, standing, etc.), and view food more as fuel to continue working. We are obsessed with gyms, dieting and working out, but we do not even enjoy the means to get there. All work and no play means a lot of unfulfilled and bored people. Or Jack Nicholson manically chopping through a door.