Originally Posted by White Foot
I have a love/hate with American, We're the #1 country with the highest obesity rates.
But the US also has a high rate of people doing things like running marathons & triathlons. It's not just as simple as Americans getting fatter, it's almost as though the population is splitting in two.
I remember that when I was a kid (quite some time ago), adults hardly ever exercised. They'd do physical work (I grew up in farm country) and go hunting & fishing, but it was rare to see someone running or riding a bike. (And even for kids, biking to the next town - all of five miles away - was a big deal.) Yet there weren't a lot of really fat people around, and especially not the extreme cases I see riding electric carts in the local WalMart.
But on the other hand, neither were there very many body builders, marathon runners, people who'd commute 20-30 miles on a bike - or for that matter endurance riders - and today there are a lot of people doing such things. So the question is why the difference?