(By Ray D.)
You've all seen them: The condescending and demeaning articles in German media on how fat Americans are. The most notable recent example was a Focus piece entitled, "American Kids are Fat and Lazy."
As always, it is easier for Germans to deride the outside world, particularly the United States, than it is to reflect on their own faults and problems. According to a recent piece in Stern, Germans are hardly models of virtue when it comes to counting calories. The article relates that, according to a Eurostat study, two-thirds of German men are too fat.
In fact, when it comes fat men in Europe, Germany takes the cake...and eats it too: No other nation in Europe has more fat and obese men as a percentage of the population. German women aren't much better: Only Great Britain has more obese women as a percentage of its population.
So the next time you hear the German media, that guy on the U-Bahn or the local dorf-snobs scoffing over fat Americans, just remind them that Germans need to lose the weight and the hypocrisy as well.