The United States has been battling against the obesity epidemic for what seems like far too long. It’s no secret that a large majority of the U.S. population is overweight, but it’s also no secret that so many other countries aren’t. In fact, the U.S. ranks third in the world as far as fattest countries are concerned, only slightly behind Kiribati and American Samoa. So it begs the question, “what is everyone else doing that we seem to be skipping over?”
Taste the Food
Actually taking the time to prepare, and actually enjoy the food we eat seems to be popular only for a small portion of the inhabitants of this great nation. Many people in European countries such as Italy or France take up to two hours to prepare a meal, and about the same amount of time to eat it. Savoring the flavors, taking time to eat and digest are all important parts of the slimming down process. Taking your time and eating slower, gives the stomach time to realize when it is full, and over consumption is put on hold.
Even eating for a longer period of time leads to eating smaller portions. Knowing when to stop eating is something that most Americans simply do not posses. That being said, portion sizes are the biggest in the U.S, and even eating or drinking smaller is the equivalent to eating or drinking big elsewhere.
Quality Over Quantity
The freshness of ingredients should take precedence over how much of something you actually consume. Not overdoing it with dressings and sauces, and eating things raw whenever possible, helps you to gain all of the nutrients with no fillers, additives or anything else that’s unnecessary. Many of the thinner nations buy less food but of higher quality and nutritional value.
Get On Up
The average person in Japan walks 40 minutes a day at least 5 days a week. Let that sink in. Nations that seem to value modes of transportation such as walking, riding, running or even skateboarding, have a far lower national obesity rate. Roughly 62 percent of Swedes walk, bike, or use mass transit to commute on a daily basis. Sadly, in the U.S., only 12 percent of the population use active transportation.
It’s not too surprising that a Rutgers University study was able to link automobile dependence with obestiy in countries like the U.S., Canada and Australia.
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