July 30, 2012

"I'm Renting My Flat to a Fat American Family."

A friend let me know about this ridiculous bag selling in London...or selling out in London during this summer's Olympic games.

At first I was shocked. 
Then I became angry.
But why was I angry? Why do people say these things about Americans? Next I began to analyze the details that lead other countries to this stereotype that all American families are fat. Here's what I found from data released by the CDC. (I want to strongly encourage readers to view these statistics with an open mind.)
  • Over 33% of American adults are obese.
  • Obesity Prevalence: the widespread of obesity in a particular area
    • In year 2000, all states were under the 30% obesity prevalence.
    • In 2010, 12 states were over the 30% obesity prevalence.
    • The goal is to lower obesity prevalence to 15% in each state, which no state has met.
  • People who are obese may suffer from these conditions:
    • heart disease
    • stroke
    • type 2 diabetes
    • some types of cancer
  • Over the past 2 decades, there has been a major increase in obesity in the United States.
  • Obesity by state (2010)
    • Colorado had the lowest amount of obese prevalence with 21%.
    • Mississippi had the highest amount of obesity prevalence with 34%.
  • There are also links to obesity in specific ethnic groups. Go here.
To add even more stats the the fire, an article on livestrong.com suggests that:
  • Obesity is the highest in the U.S. and Mexico.
  • 28% of U.S. residents are obese, while 30% of Mexican residents are obese. (See, London has it wrong!)
  • Countries with the highest obesity rates following Mexico and the U.S. are:
    • New Zealand
    • Australia
    • United Kingdom
    • Canada
    • Ireland
    • Chile
    • Iceland
    • Luxembourg
  • Countries with the lowest obesity rates include:
    • Japan
    • Korea
    • Switzerland
    • Italy (Really!! With all that bread!?)
    • Norway
    • Sweden
  • In all countries, the average obesity rate was 16%, as reported by the OECD.
  • Causes of obesity in the U.S. and other countries has a lot to do with physical activity and levels of car use, national diet and nutritional profile, and lifestyle trends.

It's sad the United States ranks within the top two countries leading in obesity. Either way..., Londoners, I'm sure, have their obese people as well. To make such statements on tote bags and T-shirts is distasteful and pure ugly. It's downright offensive to Americans alike, and surely isn't a welcoming sign to Americans who've spent thousands of dollars, which go to the London economy, to see the host city of the 2012 Olympic games. How rude!!
BUT...now you see why there is such a stereotype around the world. So glad we are beat by Mexico! Ha!

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