Every time when I watch an American reality show I'm shocked, because often 90% looks overweight and 50% looks bigger than anyone I've seen in real life. It also seems like they have a different perception of what's big or thin. They call an (in my opinion) rather chubby person skinny and are whining about models that they are all anorexic etc... Is this because they are used to the big amount of overweight people?
It is a bigger issue here than other parts of the world, but it is not the 90% people who haven't visited seem to believe. If you visit the cities in the Northeast and the West Coast you may be surprised that obesity is not as widespread as you may expect..
As someone who is not overweight, I do get very annoyed when on an airplane or train, I'm forced to sit next to someone who is spilling over into my seat. That happens much more than it used to. I strongly believe I shouldn't be forced to sit in discomfort because of someone else's lack of self control. As for why, I think a lot of people are very inactive because they go everywhere by driving instead of walking, bicycling, or other forms of exercise. Diet plays a big role too, with a lot of people eating too much fast food instead of making healthier meals at home.
This is one of the reasons I am opposed to socialized medicine. Too many people make poor lifestyle choices and they should take responsibility for the resulting higher healthcare costs themselves as opposed to spreading the costs to other people who make an effort to lead healthy lives,
they don't exercise and they eat a bunch junk food.
All those chemicals especially in the food.
So many overweight Americans? America is the land of judgement and due to catalysts like social media and reality television, Americans have a perception of what is "normal" and what is "overweight". Sure there are fat people in America, some are fat by genetics and not their own doing, and some are fat due to their lifestyle and convenience of elements which will continue to allow them to remain fat. The real problem is that it is forced down everyone's throats all-day and everyday that fat is bad, and people have complexes as a result. I've known people who have gone as far as to taking their own lives as a result of judgement from society about being fat. Sure there is no such thing as a healthy fat person, but in America you have the right to be whoever you want to be and however that is, well, is your choice.
American's have plenty of food that they can afford, and live easier lifestyles than most of the world. Lots of our food additives have also been shown to increase appetite even more than what is normal.
2) Fast food is everywhere and easier to get than cooking home cooked, healthy meals.
4) Large portion sizes
5) Don't want to take responsibility for their own lifestyle choices.
6) The wide variety of chemically enhanced food.
I will add though that not every American is overweight like many foreign people like to believe. I mean, I'm 5'5" and only 113 pounds, I just choose to live a healthy lifestyle. And actually, MANY other countries have numerous amounts of overweight people too, not just the U.S.
link Altough with reality shows they often purpesly take overweight people.
The thing with models is neither is good. Models are underweight, pretty much all of them and that's just as unhealthy as being overweight. The avarge American is bigger than what would be healthy and the ideal is smaller than what would be healthy, none of them is good