Yes Virginia, Americans are fat as a group
Chicago Dyke has started a conversation about food and obesity in America which led to some amusing denial (though there are some legitimate methodological issues with how overweight is defined.)
But no foreigner who travels to the US has any doubt that Americans are, as a group, fat. I notice it the second I get on an airplane traveling to the US, and I notice it for the trip, and I really notice it when I get home and go on the subway, and the average person is so much thinner. It’s brutal.
Too much of the wrong type of food, not enough exercise. I first noticed it when I traveled to Boston in 05. I was on a corporate account and we ate out every night, and the plate sizes were huge. At first I choked it all down (raised in one of those “clean your plate” households) eventually I just stopped eating it all.
Less, better quality food is far healthier. But less better quality food costs more and restaurants and supermarkets both charge more if you want to eat well.
The rise of suburbs and the car has also left much of the country walking unfriendly, and most Americans get essentially no exercise.
(International airlines put aside more weight for Americans than other nationalities, btw.)
I think a large reason Americans let themselves be abused by their elites is that they are fat and heavily medicated. The number of Americans on anti-depressants (a drug class which is more addictive than opiates, btw) is staggering. You’re drugged to the gills so that you will put up with the way you’re absued rather than taking to the streets.
Being unhappy when your life is shit is natural folks. Drugging yourself to make yourself tolerate is a palliative, not a cure.
And a lot of these drugs also lead to weight gain. Bonus.
Notice that your elites as a group (there are exceptions, like Summers) are not fat. In fact, they are exercise fanatics who watch what they eat very carefully. Between that and actually getting good health care, they live and work into their seventies.
But fat drugged unhealthy Americans are easier to control, so what they do for themselves, they sure as hell don’t do for you.