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May 02, 2007

Germans Are Fat and Lazy

Gosh, I thought only us big, bad Americans had a weight problem:

Germany has laid claim to the dubious distinction of being the most obese country in Europe, the International Association for the Study of Obesity reports.

The report said 75 percent of German males and 59 percent of German females are overweight, and cited several factors, the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported. Among them were poor diet, mounting consumption of alcohol, and less and less physical activity in a country where 60 percent of people would rather drive than walk.

Germany nudged out last year's three-way tying countries of Britain, Cyprus and the Czech Republic.

Overall, more than 50 percent of Europeans are overweight, the report said, warning of serious economic consequences if left unchecked, particularly among children.

Must be all the bratwurst, creamy potatoes and cheese-covered spaetzle.

And if you're wondering about my post title, I thought I'd take a page out of the German media's book:

US-Kids sind fett und faul (US Kids are Fat and Lazy)

Surely they won't mind...

(Don't get me wrong, I love German food. My favorite local restaurant is Old Heidelberg. I just can't help but laugh how they are quick to point their own fat fingers at us.)

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Hardly on the Weight Watcher's list of approved foods

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Posted by Pam Meister at 05:11 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0) | Europe
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DogMan has German ancestors; he lived in Germany for 6+ yeras before I ever met him. When I married him, he asked me to fix him Leberkndels, which are liver dumplings. I had to put raw liver in the blender. Do you know how disgusting that is?

However, I also made Streuselkuchen (streusel coffee cake) and Prinzregententorte (chocolate layer cake) and a pork & sauerkraut dish with schptzle. Yeah, German food can be very fattening.

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Posted by: Kitty at May 3, 2007 06:28 PM

5 out of 8 great-grandparents came directly from Germany, so German food is very familiar to me. I think ONE bratwurst has about 26 grams of fat. But I love them! I was the only kid I knew who enjoyed eating liverwurst sandwiches...back then, my mother would also prepare steak tartare sandwiches, which I also loved. Haven't eaten one of those in about 30 years!

Posted by: Pam at May 4, 2007 09:05 AM


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