Lazy Americans?

I've been reading about the latest trend of people wearing pajama jeans and footed pajamas. Many of the criticisms of this latest trend are aimed at Americans being lazy. I think that this stereotypical view of Americans is unwarranted. Of course there are extremes in any society ranging from lazy people to workaholics. I think that Americans, in general, are hard workers. The people that lost their jobs in this latest recession did not choose to be out of work. Furthermore, the people who are employed need to work their butts off, because the company they're working for have downsized their staff. Often one person is doing the work that two or maybe three people used to do. Sound familiar? In fact, I see many Americans being stressed out from our busy lifestyles. We all need some time to relax, because a constant barrage of stress isn't healthy. So what if people want to wear pajama pants. I like to wear scrub pants around the house because they're comfortable and that doesn't make me lazy. In fact I like to wear them when I go jogging.

If You're Fat, Then You Must Be Lazy.

Besides being lazy, I was also reading comments from people criticizing Americans for being fat. Unfortunately people equate obesity with laziness, but being fat does not mean you're lazy. I'll disagree with the lazy comments, but obesity appears to be on the rise in America and also globally. You'll probably be surprised by the data I found. I utilized data from two recent sources Hive Health Media and Economix – NY Times. I looked at the top 20 obese countries and compared it to the top 20 countries in which the people worked the most hours.

Rank
Obese Countries 
Most Hours Worked 
 United States
 Korea
 Mexico
Greece 
New Zealand 
Chile 
4
Australia
 Czech Republic
5
United Kingdom
Hungary 
6
Canada
 Poland
7
 Ireland
 Estonia
8
Chile 
Slovenia 
9
 Iceland
Israel 
10
 Luxembourg
Mexico
11
Hungary 
Italy 
12
Greece 
 Iceland
13
Spain 
United States
14
Czech Republic 
Japan 
15
Slovak Republic 
Slovak Republic 
16
Slovenia 
New Zealand
17
 Germany
Portugal 
18
Finland 
Australia
19
Portugal 
Canada
20
Turkey 
Finland 

If you looked at the statistics above then you saw that 70% of the countries fall into both categories. So the statistics show that the majority of countries in which the people work more hours actually have a greater obese population. Again, being fat does not mean that you're lazy. Americans work hard, but they also need to make healthier choices to improve the quality of their lives going forward.

-Ted

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