Move to Lose: How Germany rates on the obesity scale (Series 1 of 4)

Moving to a different country to lose weight sounds a little extreme, so I decided to do research before the September departure to Germany.

(c) Claudia, 2011 Lautersee Trail out of Mittenwald

Over the next week, we’ll look at the following comparison between America and Germany:

  • Part 1 – Obesity rates
  • Part 2 – Food culture
  • Part 3 – Exercise culture
  • Part 4 – Review and goals

The most important part of the series is “part 4”; where the beer and bread lives. Though the phrase “moving to Germany to lose weight” is frivolous, it should be coupled with a goal or, rather, a foundation to acquire any serious discourse.

To start, let’s look at the numbers. Mainly, obesity rates…

2011 Gallup Poll:

Germans less likely to be obese than Americans and Britons

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Research:

  • 2009 Germany % Obese = 14.7%
  • 2010 America % Obese = 28.1%

When looking only at the numbers, Germany percentages are less than in America. Though Germany certainly isn’t the fittest of the European countries, and are showing an increase on the scale overall, what are the differences between how they eat, exercise, and conduct their daily life? Why are the percentages so different?

Stay tuned for part 2 as we unravel the statistics and find a foundation for moving to Germany to lose weight.

Related Reading

International Obesity Taskforce


4 responses to “Move to Lose: How Germany rates on the obesity scale (Series 1 of 4)

  1. Pingback: Move to Lose: Eat Like a King, Prince, and Pauper in Germany (Series 2 of 4) | Losing Ambition·

  2. Pingback: Move to Lose: Everyday Exercise in Germany | Losing Ambition·

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