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#1
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=11657419

"...the study shows that Americans are five times more likely to spend time in the kitchen than doing something physically demanding such as playing a sport or hiking, confirming the stereotype of Americans as couch potatoes."

I guess now it's officially fact, not stereotype.
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It depends on how Americans use the kitchen.

My PC used to be in kitchen, meaning i was more likely to be in there - although i wasn't stuffing my face.
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#3
five times more likely than what? bad article is bad.

anyway, nothing surprising here .
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five times more likely than what? bad article is bad.

anyway, nothing surprising here .



five more times likely to be in the kitchen than playing sports/ exercising... that was in the TS'ers post
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five more times likely to be in the kitchen than exercising outdoors... that was in the TS'ers post


ah I see, misread it, I though they were comparing it to another group of people, but failed to name said group .

still, this says nothing about wether this is more than other countries or not.
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Quote by !-twisty-!
five more times likely to be in the kitchen than playing sports/ exercising... that was in the TS'ers post



Eh, and the normal ratio is?

I don't get this shit.
Damn straight I eat food at least 5 times more than I excercise.

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stretching out to reach for the cookies doesn't count as exercising.
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#10
I think it says more that they apparently have couches in their kitchens.
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I think it says more that they apparently have couches in their kitchens.

Or potatoes.
#12
um ok?

thats not really the steriotype but whatever.
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It doesn't really prover they're couch potatoes, just fat bastards!


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um ok?

thats not really the steriotype but whatever.


in europe it is. American and English people are all fatties.
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in europe it is. American and English people are all fatties.

theres too many to keep track
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"...more likely to spend time in the kitchen than doing something physically demanding such as playing a sport or hiking, confirming the stereotype of Americans as couch potatoes."

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It depends on how Americans use the kitchen.

My PC used to be in kitchen, meaning i was more likely to be in there - although i wasn't stuffing my face.




Playing on your PC in the kitchen probably involves even less physicality than cooking.
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I'm sure us Americans are supposed to just take this without a word. Whats funny is that if a similar stereotypical kind of study were to be made about any other group of people except Americans that study would probably be shunned. There are many examples I could go into however most would be found to be unfairly stereotypical or racist, even though they are based on statistical fact just like this American laziness study. If I must, I will resort to exampling one of these fact based stereotypes at a later time, but I'll probably get banned for it.

(By the way, I weigh 140 lbs. so this study doesn't offend me at all except on principle.)
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"...playing a sport or HIKING"
haha,,, i laughed


it's pretty strange that they don't concider hiking a sport indeed. I can't think if many things that require more physical and mental training than that .
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in europe it is. American and English people are all fatties.

In England, we think that American and Scottish people are all fatties.


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it's pretty strange that they don't concider hiking a sport indeed. I can't think if many things that require more physical and mental training than that .

Withstanding torture (and that isn't a sport either)
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#21
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I'm sure us Americans are supposed to just take this without a word. Whats funny is that if a similar stereotypical kind of study were to be made about any other group of people except Americans that study would probably be shunned. There are many examples I could go into however most would be found to be unfairly stereotypical or racist, even though they are based on statistical fact just like this American laziness study. If I must, I will resort to exampling one of these fact based stereotypes at a later time, but I'll probably get banned for it.

(By the way, I weigh 140 lbs. so this study doesn't offend me at all except on principle.)


please do so, I'd really like to see it. /notscepticaljustcurious
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In England, we think that American and Scottish people are all fatties.


Withstanding torture (and that isn't a sport either)


If you read carefully you can see that I did leave room for things that are more vigorous . still, hiking IS a sport.
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#23
Sounds like they're just wasting money to try and prove steroetypes. Did they really need to do a study to find out that most Americans are fat?
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please do so, I'd really like to see it. /notscepticaljustcurious


A good example is that African Americans (again, not being racist, just stating statistics from government websites, you can take any problems you have up with them) represent only 12.9% of the U.S population but committ 38.8% of the crime. I believe the percentage of violent crime is higher, but I could not fine a reputable source to prove this in my short google search.

So if we are not being hypocritical this would mean that we could make the blanket statement that African Americans are less law abiding and therefore more dangerous (again, I'm making a point, not stating this myself). However, such a statement done publicly would be seen as terribly racist and cruel, while calling Americans lazy is just fine? Even though they are both based on statistical fact.

These numbers come straight from the U.S census board website:
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html

and the Federal Bureau of Prisons:
http://www.bop.gov/news/quick.jsp
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#25
where in this article does it mention the average ratio of other countries, or how america compares to them? im sorry but youre coming across as either a troll, or someone who is quite butthurt about their country not being as powerful or influential as the US is. probably both
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I see what you're at, and I think the problem is that a lot of anti-racist people are judging way too quickly (at least from what I as a non-american can see from the outside, this seems to be the case). It's almost as if there's some sort of oversensitivity for everything. Saying that on average, more african-american people commit crimes than other cultural or ethnic groups in the US is not racist at all, yet a lot of people will say it is. However, I do think it is racism if you say that african-american people are more dangerous than others, because this implies that they would be evil by nature. The fact that there are more dangerous people of a certain group doesn't say anything about the rest of the group.

in the same way, saying that in america there are more unhealthy people (on average) than in other countries is merely stating a fact, while saying that americans are unhealthy by nature is discrimination.

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where in this article does it mention the average ratio of other countries, or how america compares to them? im sorry but youre coming across as either a troll, or someone who is quite butthurt about their country not being as powerful or influential as the US is. probably both
and you're coming across as someone who is way to protective about his own country, neglecting scientific research in the process, so I guess that makes you guys even.
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I'm sure us Americans are supposed to just take this without a word. Whats funny is that if a similar stereotypical kind of study were to be made about any other group of people except Americans that study would probably be shunned. There are many examples I could go into however most would be found to be unfairly stereotypical or racist, even though they are based on statistical fact just like this American laziness study. If I must, I will resort to exampling one of these fact based stereotypes at a later time, but I'll probably get banned for it.

(By the way, I weigh 140 lbs. so this study doesn't offend me at all except on principle.)

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where in this article does it mention the average ratio of other countries, or how america compares to them? im sorry but youre coming across as either a troll, or someone who is quite butthurt about their country not being as powerful or influential as the US is. probably both


the article doesn't even compare america to other countries. it compares the percentage of those willing to do physical exercise to those who dont. im sorry but youre coming across as either a troll, or someone who is quite butthurt about their country not being as powerful or influential as the US thinks they are. probably both
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What point of reference? Five times more likely than whom?


Not "whom", "what".

"...the study shows that Americans are five times more likely to spend time in the kitchen than doing something physically demanding such as playing a sport or hiking, confirming the stereotype of Americans as couch potatoes."
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#31
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What point of reference? Five times more likely than whom?


I made exactly the same mistake on page 1 . they're 5 times more likely to spend time in the kitchen than doing sports. There is no reference to other countries though, so we still got a point .
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#32
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Since you do not like the statistics, and feel offended, then why don't you get outside, go to the gym, or maybe just a few push ups in the house. I'm pretty sure that will get the statistic to change.
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A good example is that African Americans (again, not being racist, just stating statistics from government websites, you can take any problems you have up with them) represent only 12.9% of the U.S population but committ 38.8% of the crime. I believe the percentage of violent crime is higher, but I could not fine a reputable source to prove this in my short google search.

So if we are not being hypocritical this would mean that we could make the blanket statement that African Americans are less law abiding and therefore more dangerous (again, I'm making a point, not stating this myself). However, such a statement done publicly would be seen as terribly racist and cruel, while calling Americans lazy is just fine? Even though they are both based on statistical fact.

These numbers come straight from the U.S census board website:
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html

and the Federal Bureau of Prisons:
http://www.bop.gov/news/quick.jsp

It has more to do about social background than your race.
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Quote by !-twisty-!
five more times likely to be in the kitchen than playing sports/ exercising... that was in the TS'ers post


Maybe Europeans are ten times more likely.

The study doesn't have any comparisons to other countries, which makes it hard to read if that is a lot or not.
#36
Ok, everyone eats, not everyone exercises. Great find there.
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Not "whom", "what".

While I understand that, I think they should have included other countries in the study. I'm willing to bet most people in most countries (the ones with kitchens) spend a lot more time in there than exercising.
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...yet we still kick the rest of the world's ass in the olympics. Fuck off, TS.


the group of atheletes competing in the olympics is only 0.0000000001% (please note that 78% of all statistics are made up) of your entire population. not very representative is it? It's also pretty obvious that you would do better than countries with significantly smaller populations, since the chances of having talented athletes in your country grows with the amount of people you have. If you would compare equally, the amount of medals the netherlands won in the last couple of olympic games is much more impressive, given our incredibly small population (16 million people).
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#39
That statistic is useless without comparing it to other samples (countries).
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#40
I'm sure with the black / crime statistics you could find a good correlation between stats of wealth and education.

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...yet we still kick the rest of the world's ass in the olympics. Fuck off, TS.


With the exceptions of 2008, 1992, 1988, 1980, 1976... and most likely every future Olympic Games.

I would suggest that with such large wealth and population you should have won every Olympic Games up until Beijing. Can't be too hard for such a rich country to extract 400 elite athletes. Had you topped the medal table as frequently with a population the size of Canada (30m compared to the USA's 300m) it would be a much more impressive feat.

(you'll also start using the population excuse when China win so often)
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