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18 Countries That Love To Eat, Drink & Smoke More Than The U.S. (TEXT, VIDEO, and PHOTOS)

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You might assume, from frequent news reports about obesity in America, that we're the most gluttonous country in the world. But the great paradox of the country's food industry is that Americans still spend far less of our income on food than their peers.

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Ben O (156)
Monday September 9, 2013, 1:09 pm
Sweden number 5...hmmm... : ~ [

David C (129)
Monday September 9, 2013, 1:14 pm
they spend more $$$$, but not sure that turns into obesity......

Christeen A (371)
Monday September 9, 2013, 4:37 pm
Interesting. Thanks for the share.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 9, 2013, 6:29 pm
Interesting to go through the countries on here...thx Carrie

Past Member (0)
Monday September 9, 2013, 9:21 pm
Do they actually eat, drink and smoke more - or is it that the cost of eating, drinking and smoking is more expensive?

Sheila D (194)
Monday September 9, 2013, 10:31 pm
These countries spent more on food yet we're the obese has to be What we ate vs What they ate.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 9, 2013, 10:53 pm
Very interesting article I admit that until now I did not know that and looks like a big surprise!

Gloria p (304)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 1:50 am
Party on!

Frances D (133)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 2:49 am
Ireland rated ok ... but about #6 on Alcohol and tobacco..

Star S (54)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 3:49 am
very iinteresting article

Jonathan H (0)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 4:57 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 6:18 am
interesting article thanks

. (0)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 8:18 am
Very interesting article, Carrie. Thanks for sharing.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 9:52 am
Heidi, if you watch the video it also talks about the percentages spent in relationship to income.

Elizabeth M (65)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 11:26 am
Very interesting article. Canada is # 11 - hmmmm

Thanks for posting this Carrie.

S S (0)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 11:51 am
Thank you.

Marija M (29)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 12:35 pm
Interesting, tks

Syd H (48)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 1:06 pm
Other countries are buying food and Americans are buying tax subsidized patented swill with a bunch of hidden costs including a big health care one in the end.

But yeah, surprisingly Germans are among the biggest group of smokers in the world. They have cigarette machines on the sides of buildings for nearly every block. All that's needed is the older sister's ID to swipe through and some money to get a pack of obnoxious sticks and an addiction. :(

. (0)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 4:05 pm
I was not surprised to see Greece hight on the list. The bottom line, a deadly heart attrack in your 50s is not uncommon. I know 3 members who never saw 55.

Roger G (154)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 4:11 pm
noted, thanks

S J (130)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 4:27 pm
noted, thanks Carrie.

Patricia N (9)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 5:48 pm
Otherwise....don't believe everything you read. Check around.

Bob P (394)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 5:50 pm

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 6:17 pm
This justifies nothing, we are still the fattest country on the planet!

Julie W (32)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 9:55 pm
Apparently US residents spend around 90% of their food $$$'s on processed food. I've come cross this more than once. Can't be a good thing!

Karen C (112)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 11:05 pm
Interesting to see how the U.S. stacks up against the other countries.

Inge B (202)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 11:48 pm
Fun fact: Norwegians spent more than the residents of any other country on tobacco and alcohol last year. Must be those Scandinavian winters!
Cheer for Norway!


Klaus P (14)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 5:51 am
Surprised Germany is not on that list. They love their food and beer (or wine), depending on the region.

Lona G (80)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 7:25 am
Sorry, but this is a rather inaccurate article written by someone with no idea how to use statistics, I'm afraid. You can't use money spent (in dollars no less) as a measurement for how much is consumed if you do not relate the figures to income (after taxation) and the prices of food, restaurants and fast-food outlets. Then you also need to know how much money is spent on living in general (housing, energy, clothing etcetera) to see how much people can actual spend on food. And last, but not least, you need to stratify to income groups, not average income, to allow for the huge inequity some countries (especially America) have.

To make his point, the author should have stuck with actual amounts of food, drink and alcohol consumed across different income groups. It may have given the same order in the list, but I doubt it.

James M (84)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 3:07 pm
When my daughter was based in Switzerland
she said she and her colleagues would often
walk across the border to France for dinner
as the food was better - didn't mention whether
it was less expensive as well.....

Sergio P (65)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 9:16 am
I can think of other countries where people drink more alcohol and smoke more.... Eat, not so much.
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