When it comes to producing fat people, it’s hard to top good old-fashioned, hard-working, American know-how and ingenuity. A recent study shows that the proportion of Americans who are “severely obese” grew twice as fast in the five years up to 2005 than did the proportion of “moderately obese” in the population, for instance. A severely obese person is someone whose body mass index (BMI) is 40 or more. This is about 100 pounds (46 kilos) above normal weight for an average man.

“A typical severely obese man weighs 300 pounds (136 kilos) and has a height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m), while a typical severely obese woman weighs 250 pounds (114 kilos) and has a height of 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m).” The study indicates that about 3 percent of Americans currently fall under this severely obese category. But this doesn’t really surprise anybody, does it? I would have put that figure up between 5 and 10 percent. And I don’t even want to know how many moderately obese Americans there are out there.

But when it comes to Europe, surprising might be the fact that Germans take the Kuchen (cake) and come in first place in the fatso department. A new study over here has found that Germany has the highest proportion of overweight people in Europe, partly due to the country’s high beer consumption. Apparently, 75.4 percent of German men and 58.9 percent of German women are overweight (a BMI higher than 25). Whew. They’re still not much of a threat to us in the moderately obese league. And they’ve got years to go before they can compete with us at the severely obese level.

But having said that…. All I know is… Man, are Germans fat! Germans are so fat, they show up on radar. Germans fat? They are so fat, they deep fry their toothpaste. Talk about fat. Germans are so fat, even their clothes have stretch marks.

Misery loves company, know what I’m sayin’?

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