America ranks #1 in obesity according to major studies which compare obesity statistics in different countries. It's no wonder that Michelangelo's David has become so rotund. Huge portions, an overabundance of fatty foods, high sugar and sodium contents combined with a sedentary lifestyle contributes to American's obesity epidemic.
I teach ESL (English as a Second Language) to foreign students. They come from all over the world for our language immersion program; Europe, Asia, South America, etc. and the majority of them comment on how large everything is in the U.S. - the cars, the people, the portion sizes and vast quantities of fast food restaurants. The age range of my students is anywhere from 16 to 70+ and there is rarely an overweight student among them. A number of them return home after a few weeks or a few months, several pounds heavier than when they arrived. They get "suckered in" to the American style of eating, living with host families, sharing American family meals and finally returning home with stories of fat Americans and their love of junk food, as well as the tasteless yet expensive fruits and vegetables and the aisles of sugar laden snacks in the grocery stores. They bring home stories of how lazy Americans drive everywhere, even to the corner store.
One of the most wonderful things about the Internet is how it ignores international boundaries, we don't need a passport to cross borders. Many of my readers come from across oceans; Ireland, England, Australia, Germany and even Iceland, to name just a few. Hopefully, the majority of your countrymen and women are like my students, fit and athletic, and unlike the U.S., obesity isn't such a widespread problem.
Fortunately, I have chosen to step out of my role as a "typical" American and get on the path to healthy eating and exercise. For those of you who are not American, perhaps you'll share your take on the obesity problem in your country. And for us Americans, do you think we deserve our reputation?