I just received my January issue of Dr Vernon Coleman’s Health Letter. (Based in England)
He responded to a question from a reader needing an incentive for weight loss. His comments gave me a chuckle and may interest you.
“The best reason not to be fat is to make sure foreigners don’t think you are American. The obesity of Americans has, I fear, become something of an international joke. In France recently I got into a lift which carried a notice informing passengers that the lift’s capacity was ‘Eight persons or two Americans’.”