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Old 11-12-2012, 07:52 PM
 
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When I went to Costa Del Sol in Spain I was shocked how few obese people there were. Especially those under 40.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:31 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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When I went to Costa Del Sol in Spain I was shocked how few obese people there were. Especially those under 40.
Right. So tell us about those over 40. One wouldn't expect obesity under 40, would one? Barring exceptional health issues.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:34 PM
 
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Yes, there are definitely regional and socioeconomic elements to it in the US. Generally less affluent people tend to be fatter, and as for the regions, this map should explain things rather well:
Everyone do keep in mind that this map does not show the percentage of people in the US who, as one poster called it, "350-pound people wearing sheets" - I believe it is the percentage of people with a BMI greater than 22.0. For example, a man standing 5'10 (1m78) weighing 155 pounds (70.3 kg or 11 1/14th stone) would contribute to the percentages in the map.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Howard County, MD
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Everyone do keep in mind that this map does not show the percentage of people in the US who, as one poster called it, "350-pound people wearing sheets" - I believe it is the percentage of people with a BMI greater than 22.0. For example, a man standing 5'10 (1m78) weighing 155 pounds (70.3 kg or 11 1/14th stone) would contribute to the percentages in the map.
Actually its for BMI greater than 30.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:06 AM
 
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When I first set foot in northern Italy, where I now live, I was astonished at how slender everyone was. I had thought people were exaggerating when they said that everyone was so comparatively slim in Europe. When I went back to America I spent the first several days noticing how dumpy every other person looked. The thing about how well Italians dress is also entirely true. My first day here I felt like I was walking through the world's biggest fashion shoot, unable to wrap my brain around the fact that millions of ordinary people would dress like that, and not just rich highfalutins from Manhattan. It's a little more difficult to distinguish rich from not-rich here than back home, let's say.

Since I have been here (over a year), I would have to say that truly, truly obese people are as rare as narwhal sightings. Just last night I saw a lady and I had to stop myself from staring, not out of disdain but (as another poster put it) out of wonder. And I was born and raised in America, not here, and have only left it recently. As others have said, in an American Walmart you could easily see a dozen such individuals on any given night, and it wouldn't be remarkable at all.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:55 AM
 
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I agree that the way most Americans dress and feel comfortable are not flattering. The most common is a over-sized t-shirt, or tank shirt, baggy shorts and flip-flops. Or sneakers. Hanging AND visible belly, or crack. Sloppy.
Big women just love to buy clothes at least 3 sizes to small ( I guess, with everything made with spandex they are thrilled to fit in XXXXL instead of XXXXXXL. )
It is pretty hard to find natural fabrics. All is easy care some sort of polyester - no ironing necessary. In fact people wear clothes right out the dryer. You don't see people wearing clothes out of dryer in Europe.
Yes, fat slobs, dressed like that would be socially less accepted, and ridiculed.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:38 AM
 
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I couldn't disagree more. Being overweight/fat has always been viewed as normal in several European countries, especially for the middle-aged and beyond.

That's not true whatsoever - and there is a difference between 'overweight' by 20/30 pounds and
being over 300 pounds like 'being fat' is considered in the states. It's no coincidence that the slimming industry is a multi million pound business just like it is in the states, the only main difference is that the portion sizes when eating out are different as are the prices in grocery shopping. Tell me where in Europe being 'fat' is considered normal? The fattest nation in Europe is probably the UK and if you were as fat as some Americans I saw wobbling about you would get abuse, simple as that, and good luck in trying to get a decent job.

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Old 11-13-2012, 07:42 AM
 
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That's not true whatsoever - and there is a difference between 'overweight' by 20/30 pounds and
being over 300 pounds like 'being fat' is considered in the states. It's no coincidence that the slimming industry is a multi million pound business just like it is in the states, the only main difference is that the portion sizes when eating out are different as are the prices in grocery shopping. Tell me where in Europe being 'fat' is considered normal? The fattest nation in Europe is probably the UK and if you were as fat as some Americans I saw wobbling about you would get abuse, simple as that, and good luck in trying to get a decent job.
True. There's overweight, obese, grossly obese, morbidly obese.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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As I said, there are plenty of fat people here, but it's not socially accepted really, people make fun of fat people all the time - and who can blame them? They're comedy gold.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:04 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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As I said, there are plenty of fat people here, but it's not socially accepted really, people make fun of fat people all the time - and who can blame them? They're comedy gold.
And that is a big reason why people commit suicide.
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