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Watching fat people like this stuff their face makes me feel nauseous.
It's funny that you mention these 2 factors. Living in Holland, I can tell that with regard to point 1 for example, we mainly eat (whole grain) bread for breakfast and lunch. It would be very typical that someone has 2 slices of whole grain (brown) bread with cheese in the morning, followed with 3 slices of whole grain bread with peanut butter at lunch, and then the only hot meal being at night which typically will be some type of vegetables with potatoes. For snack, an apple would be typical. The things you list like pancakes or waffles, these are evening meals here. No one would ever eat that for breakfast, that's insanity. Proper bread abroad is hard to attain though, even in other European countries. We really have a strong tradition in that. And if people would eat McDonalds at some time, it'd be more like an easy exceptional thing when they're out shopping or so. But it's not regarded as a way to eat for multiple days in the week or so at all, like a serious meal. With regard to point 2, here everyone rides a bike every day. People rarely drive short distances. In the US what I've gathered is that it's very typical to drive everywhere, for example since there's big malls where all stuff is. Here it's more local, there's a supermarket at close proximity everywhere, and since distances are rather short people will typically cycle. So yeah, there's some factors there that already have tremendous influence on the long term health effects that we're talking about.American processed food is much unhealthier than food overseas. And Americans eat far more processed food than people overseas eat. That’s a major problem.
Our processed and restaurant made food is packed with ingredients and chemicals banned elsewhere.
At the same time, anyone here who has spent a great deal of time abroad likely has experienced two differentiating factors:
1) People abroad wouldn’t eat processed food outside of the rare exception even if it was readily available. The stuff doesn’t sell due to low demand. People buy fresh and cook healthy meals with wholesome food.
Breakfast alone shows this. My Bulgarian friends have no concept of cereals, pop tarts, oatmeal, bagels, breakfast bars, pancakes, etc which Americans eat for breakfast. For snack while yanks eat chips or candy bars, they have plain yogurt or fruit.
2) People abroad move much more. Lots of walking.
So it’s more steps and wholesome food(which has fewer calories and is more satiating).
America doesn’t have the deep cultural traditions of customary goods going back centuries. When we go to Bulgaria there’s a list of home cooked meals from her childhood which are natively traditional she can’t wait to have.
When an American says they miss American food it’s usually In & Out or Five Guys.
None of this however excuses what the corrupt mega corps and government has done to our food supply. And KFC is far healthier overseas than it is here at home.