How do Austrians feel about Americans?
Austrians eat more than Americans - and are leaner
With 3784 calories per day, Austrians eat more than Americans. However, the USA is still one of the fattest countries in the world.
Austrians are not exactly cautious when it comes to unhealthy consumption: they smoke more than the OECD average and are hardly unbeaten among the members of the Organization for Cooperation and Development in Europe when it comes to alcohol consumption - only Lithuanians drink more. An average Austrian (over 15 years of age) consumed 12.2 liters of pure alcohol per year between 2000 and 2013. While excessive alcohol and tobacco use correlates with higher mortality rates, the link between overeating and obesity doesn't seem as obvious, reports Foreign Policy.
"Austria eats more than America, but America is still fatter," headlines the US political magazine, dismayed. It refers to a publication by the addiction support organization "Recovery Brands", which published graphs earlier this week about consumption trends between 2004 and 2013. Although calorie intake has increased worldwide, some countries are by and large staying leaner than others.
People smoke less, but eat more
The United States has long been considered the heavyweight champions - with a daily intake of 3,639 calories, according to OECD statistics. Now Austria has surpassed the country of origin of Mc Donald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burger King in its voracity. Because Austrians devour an average of 3784 calories per day - without the same harmful effects. While almost a third of Americans are obese, twelve percent of men and women in Austria are currently obese. The report does not reveal exactly why more US citizens are obese than Austrians.
The trend can also be observed for other European countries. "Belgium, a country with as many calories per capita as the United States, has a remarkably low obesity rate of 10 percent," the Recovery Brand report said. On the other hand, people in Mexico and Chile would have access to fewer calories than in other countries, but they were among the countries with the most overweight citizens. Nevertheless, things are not looking rosy for Europe either. As early as May, the World Health Organization warned of an "overweight crisis". In 2030, more people would struggle with obesity here than before.
Overall, the world is drinking and smoking less and less while eating more and more, reports Foreign Policy. Eastern Europe is the only region in the world where more people smoke than in the 1960s. North Americans, on the other hand, smoked a third less than they did 50 years ago. At that time, they burned around 4,400 grams of tobacco per person a year.
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