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So these kids came over from france and visited our french class. They said the typical american stereotype is that Americans are all very very fat.

If you aren't in the U.S, what do you think of when you here 'American?'

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I've met people from many countries here and they all think Americans are fat, stupid and lazy. Or that is the general idea in their home countries. They all have said "that's what they think at home but I know EVERYONE isn't like that."

A French friend of mine said there is a tv show that makes fun of Americans or something... talking about how fat and stupid we are.

I live in Britain and to be honest Americans do get lugged with the stereotype of being fat or overweight.

In my geography lesson once, we were talking about how the world's wealth and food was spread out and we were looking at some facts and one of them was, '1/3 of Americans are overweight' and some boy went, "how old are these facts? Oh, it's probably about three-thirds now."

I went to visit Florida in the Summer, I did notice proportions were quite big and a lot food was odd processed stuff. There will always be fatty fast food places of course but its not like other countries (like Britain) aren't catching up weight-wise. My dad, when we were in Florida, kept remarking that there were quite a few large people too. He's overweight himself and even said he felt better because there were other larger people than him. It wasn't like everywhere you looked there was somebody dangerously obese but there was a few more than you'd normally see.

Oh, and French people - known for being thin right? This TV show probably just played off their own stereotype.

I live in Britain and to be honest Americans do get lugged with the stereotype of being fat or overweight. In my geography lesson once, we were talking about how the world's wealth and food was spread out and we were looking at some facts and one of them was, '1/3 of Americans are overweight' and some boy went, "how old are these facts? Oh, it's probably about three-thirds now." I went to visit Florida in the Summer, I did notice proportions were quite big and a lot food was odd processed stuff. There will always be fatty fast food places of course but its not like other countries (like Britain) aren't catching up weight-wise. My dad, when we were in Florida, kept remarking that there were quite a few large people too. He's overweight himself and even said he felt better because there were other larger people than him. It wasn't like everywhere you looked there was somebody dangerously obese but there was a few more than you'd normally see.

I wouldn't go so far as to say Americans are bigger than Brits. In fact, Britain is very much like the United States in terms of wait. Recently, in various articles Britain has been blaming the U.S. for their weight problem. Why...? IT's not the U.S.'s fault that you decided to go to McDonald's too much.

Oh, and French people - known for being thin right? This TV show probably just played off their own stereotype.

Also, this show sounds amusing, even if it does make fun, because many Americans are disgustingly overweight. I am always surprised by this too because where I go to school, everyone is very thin and athletic and when I watch TV or go back home, I know why there is such a stereotype for The U.S. I am from the U.S. and that would be the stereotype I would give-- fat, obnoxious, lazy, LOUD, rude-- I don't want to rip on my own country, but that stereotype seems to be pretty true from what I've seen and if people in other countries have noticed it too, which they have, then that is just embarrassing and lots of people here have to start chaning how they act and live. Stop embarrassing yourselves and your country. (my bit of advice)

Well your attitude doesn't help either, parisianbelle. Wait? Parisian why? You're American.

Anyway... another stereotype of Americans is the arrogance. I'd say you're portraying it pretty well.

Think what you want. I am not an American stereotype, but you can believe it if you wish. I'm just trying to explain my point of view.

And just because I was born here doesn't mean I haven't done my fair share of travelling and again, just because I was born here doesn't mean I live here.

haha Couldn't have put it better myself alibuch.
American: loud, obnoxious, overweight.

Sorry but that's what my experience has been of the stereotypical American. But other countries have negative stereotypes too. For example, the French are considered arrogant...

Thankfully most people are judged individually when they travel abroad, regardless of the stereotypes :)

Edit: to say that was my experience when I lived in Australia.
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When I moved to Boston, I noticed I was fatter than most of the people around here. Now I'm not Tongue out

I will believe it. And you can also express your point of view without being arrogant. Believe me, I'm tired of traveling and having to defend myself as an American because of **** Americans others have met. However, you won't change the arrogance stereotype by acting like you're better than everyone else.

Thankfully most people are judged individually when they travel abroad, regardless of the stereotypes :)

I wholeheartedly disagree with that.  
well, i don't think you can call "fat" a stereotype, given the obesity statistics in the US.  it doesn't mean that every american is fat, but a lot are.  canada isn't far behind, but like in the US, there are regional pockets where obesity is really rampant.  in some places, (i can speak for the west coast and southern BC) obesity is pretty rare.

the most prominent stereotype i hear about americans is that they're self-centered.  if it doesn't happen within american borders, americans don't care.  i think this is a true stereotype, because i think it, even though i've met very few americans who actually fit that.

I'm not trying to be better than anyone else. I was stating my opinion. I think the stereotype of this country sucks and everyone here should work to change it because it's embarrassing. But it's true, not everyone is the American stereotype.

And I also agree that you are often judged as an idividual when you travel. Not always, but ya.

the other common stereotype (and one that i'm not sure i don't agree with) is the materialism.  bigger houses, bigger vehicles, and more stuff seem to be seen as personal virtues.
When I lived in Belgium, people who found out I was American always wanted to see my gun.  Ha!

There are definitely stereotypes about the American tourist that are frequently true.  Usually they involve demanding behavior and refusing to do things the local way, such as attempting to use the local language.  But lucky for Americans, they still have a better reputation than German tourists (loud and obnoxious) and Japanese tourists (groups of a gazillion all milling to take pictures of the same thing you're trying to photograph).
Original Post by pgeorgian:
 canada isn't far behind, but like in the US, there are regional pockets where obesity is really rampant.  in some places, (i can speak for the west coast and southern BC) obesity is pretty rare.

I can't agree with that. I see severely obese people every single day. I watch people on the street to see if we fall into the "overweight" category, and I have to admit: we do. If it wasn't for the enormous Asian population I would say that 1/3 to 1/2 of the people I see are overweight or obese, with women holding the lion's share of the excess calories.

Anyhow, I don't tend to stereotype Americans because they are such a diverse bunch, but arrogance about their country seems to be a trait many possess. Overconsuming, arrogant, ethnocentric and overweight. That is your "typical" American: most people don't possess all of these traits, but they generally have at least a few.

Edit: edited for abiguity.

p0nda, i don't know whether that reflects a difference in perspective or in the specific contexts.  when i'm in vancouver, i'm typically hanging with my super-skinny best friend, walking the seawall and downtown, or i'm on campus.  but what i've noticed is that you don't have much good to say about vancouver, while i absolutely love it and am generally pretty happy when i'm there.  it probably skews our points of view.

but "rare" was a poor choice of words.  i should have said that obesity is not the norm.  where i am now, at times, it seems like it is the norm (along with smoking, not recycling, driving unnecessarily and letting vehicles idle, etc).  there's something wrong with a city where i feel like a model of fitness and health.

still, this place doesn't come near to some of the places i've been in the US.  sitting in a suburban family restaurant in the states can turn me off food for a week.

I must say that I really am ashamed of what America has turned into. Thats not to say that I don't love my country, but I do think that we should try to fix what we've become.

It used to be that American's were characterized as being the super hero cowboy that bails everyones butt out of trouble, but now many American citizens are self-centered, lazy, obese, and ignorant. Many times, all anyone cares about in this country is "omg Brittany had another baby!"

However, a good portion Americans DO care, and they are suffering from the mistakes and attitudes of those who don't. Our military is kick-butt, and although the country has become soft, it is still very powerful. Those people who really are the American stereotype really need to get their act back in line, because this country is rotting from the inside out.

Original Post by pgeorgian:

well, i don't think you can call "fat" a stereotype, given the obesity statistics in the US. it doesn't mean that every american is fat, but a lot are. canada isn't far behind, but like in the US, there are regional pockets where obesity is really rampant. in some places, (i can speak for the west coast and southern BC) obesity is pretty rare.

I used to never understand why people said obesity is an epidemic for our youth. Since I live in California and I was usually the ONLY one in my classes to be chubby, which was what made me lose weight even though I was never really overweight. Until I started traveling I never thought obesity was as big as a problem as they made it out to be. On CNN.com it actually said my area had the thinnest people in all of the US but I don't know where they would get those statistics from.

When I did Santa's Helpers at a needy school I realized it was very different than the suburban areas I was used to. Only about 2 out of 10 kids were at a healthy weight. I was expecting the opposite, not everyone to be prone to obesity.

 

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First thoughts about America and Americans:

- Americans are not stupid
- fatties or anorexics
- laziness and stupidity
- junk food
- microwave
- selfishness
- materialism
- sex and parties

+ great movies!
+ experts and inventions
+ valuable researches
+ friendliness
+ psychical care
+ patriotism

Ok, enough, stereotypes sucks :).
And keep in mind that it's not my opinion about you, I just wanted to let you know what I've heard.

Original Post by erwilka:

- sex and partie

why is that a negative?

great movies?  maybe one in ten thousand.
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