I was reading the local paper online and came across this interesting story. Of about 21 foreign students (18 from Germany, and 3 from France) visiting the U.S. the one idea they all seemed to hold about Americans, was, well, I’ll let them speak for themselves:
“There are fat people in Germany…but not so many, and not so fat as here.”
“There are a lot of fat people in America[.]”
So, the one idea they seemed to all share was that we Americans are quite fat. But to illuminate and illustrate the quality of their assumptions and preconceptions, they also thought Americans:
- Own lots of pets (guilty as charged, I own four pets not counting fish).
- Live in “huge” houses (well does 1,300 square feet count as big?).
- Southerners were more open-minded than Northerners.
- Less stressed out.
So judge for yourself.
For my part, I think they have hit the nail on the head. They are observers with a fresh perspective, observers that- with child like candor- have shed light on our peculiar problem as a nation- obesity. What are we going to do about it?