Jun 21 2008

Official – Australians ‘Fatter Than Americans’. Time for a new Anthem?

Published by at 12:04 am under Food News,Obesity epidemic

Yep – the long awaited result of our increasingly fast food (and dare I say it American) life style has caught up with us. We’re now fatter than the Yanks! One of the many reports on this is at The Australian… http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23893350-5013404,00.html

Yet we outperform every other country at the Olympics when you count medals per head of population. We have a bi-polar disorder in this country when it comes to our attitude to food. People are either extremely diet conscious and athletic or extremely fat obese and (usually) lazy. There doesn’t seem to be an much in between.

The obesity epidemic in Oz is a rather distressing statistic, but what to do? In the long run, perhaps a food tax on fatty take-away fast food joints is the way to go. In the short term, I think we need a bit of the shame tactics akin to desperate parents who hang signs on their kids saying their bullies, and then making them stand on the street corner.

Yup, its time to rewrite our favourite songs to publicise our fatness! Here is the chorus to the new fat version of ‘Waltzing Matilda’, to be always sung until the point when we’ve been shamed enough that we’re no longer fatter than the Yanks!!! All join in now ‘a-one, two, three and’…

‘Fatter than Americans,

We’re fatter than Americans!,

We eat too much chips, beer and greasy feeds,

With our big fat guts, and our lardy butts,

We’re fatter than Americans watching TV!’

Anyone want to do the verses? 😉

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