Today’s quick interlude comes from an info graphic at The info and piece focuses mostly on how much money (as a percentage of income) that Americans spend on food relative to other countries. For me, the more interesting information is a comparison of the average caloric intake of Americans vs other countries. You see, we really don’t eat that many more calories on average than Italians, Germans, or others. And yet, we are far more obese.

I’ve no doubt that food quality plays a small role in this, as some of the piece argues. But the real truth is quite simple – we spend  far more time sitting on our butts, whether in our homes or in cars. While people in other countries walk regularly as a part of their daily routine, we routinely use a machine to get us from place to place. And why do we do this? Are we really any lazier than others? Of course not. We do so because our communities have been consciously designed for automobile travel, instead of true freedom of personal mobility. In most places, if you want to walk to the store, the park, the school or more, it is either impossible, inconvenient or uninteresting to do so. And so, we drive. This blog focuses on how we can change this facet of American life.

Link to the article and cool graphics below:

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One Response to Why are we so fat?

  1. Maggie says:

    There are SO many aspects to the obesity issue; it’s really hard to decide where to begin. Sedentary lifestyles have a lot to do with it, but fortified, refined, processed foods are a huge part of the problem. Even the health-conscious think it’s healthy to it packaged Lean Cuisine dinners.

    It’s a hurtle to overcome if we are going to encourage the urban lifestyle, since fresh food can be so hard to come by. Luckily, farmers markets and community gardens are on the rise, helping to mend the rift between urbanism and farming.

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