Before I start, let me first say that this is in no was an attack on US culture or people.
It can be said that trends in the US eventually cross the atlantic to the UK.
One of the more worrying trends is the average obesity level.
I raise this because over here there has been a lot in the press in the last couple of years about obesity levels increasing in the UK, and also
Because we live (at the moment) in a PC (another import - thanks guys lol) nanny state, the authorites are "very concerned" about obesity levels,
particularly in children.
So much so that they now want to classify child obesity as "a form of neglect"
I've been having a look at national obesity levels and the US rates pretty high with the Uk and particularly England catching up.
These measurements are by BMI or body mass index and are for children.
The graphs in this link (follow links for various graphs) shows the percentage of adults by country who have a normal BMI, as well as many other
statistics regarding BMI
I'm really curious as to why this should be the case, and because I know that many Americans are members of this site, I might be able to get some
information as to why they think this is the case.
Thoughts that have occurred to me are that we have both become more affluent societies, both have many fast food outlets, both have many more cars
than a couple of generations (or even 1 generation) ago thus reducing exercise levels. Much of what we do is automated to a greater or lesser
Please let me know your thoughts.
[edit on 14/6/2007 by budski]