I’ve always felt American issues with obesity have been a combination of automobiles and fast food, and how more Americans spend more time in the former consuming the latter than anywhere else on Earth. I’m not demonizing either of them, just considering that we’ve got a large number of people stuffing face while remaining almost entirely sedentary throughout the day. People don’t want to cook, and don’t want to spend the money to eat healthy on the go (which is sometimes not just expensive but nearly impossible), and at home, if they do decide to cook, it’s something quick, easy and filling, which also means it’s usually too caloric. What most people don’t want to realize is that, given their levels of inactivity, they simply can’t eat most of what they want to eat or they’ll put on the pounds, period.
Even if you’ve got the willpower to scale back the caloric intake, simply being skinny and sedentary is only slightly better than being overweight people and inactive. However, even if you’re mildly active you can’t eat what a lot of people wolf down during the day, so a lot of folks are a lot further in the red in their caloric budget than they’d ever want to admit.