Another question I had was which BMI was used- at the time of death, at a certain age, say 45, or an average throughout life? People tend to lose weight as they get sick, is my concern for how to fairly compare BMI.
Food stamp users, for example, cannot afford fresh fish and produce, they eat canned soup, TV dinners, McDonald's, sugary SODA POP, manufactured food like crackers, etc--all FAT promoting and most LOADED DOWN with SUGAR.
And 40 PERCENT of food stamp users are in JUST these SOUTHERN STATES.
Have you actually been to Georgia, aside from Hartsfield-Jackson? Because if you had, you'd probably not make this assumption.
Also, go ahead if you want to stereotype a country of 300M+ people by visiting one state for, I'm going to guess, about 7-10 days tops, but does that make ANY sense at all? And people blame Americans for not understanding the world, while many people like you judge the US via limited exposure and what you see on TV. Think about the conclusions you've just drawn.
As far as what you see in the stores, Walmart serves a price-conscious customer, so of course their products will be skewed toward the cheap and easy, which of course are less healthy. Having said that, the closest grocery store to my house IS a Walmart, and they have LOADS of fresh produce every day, and it's the very first thing you see when you walk in. As said before, it's easy to make generalizations, but there's nuance everywhere. I'm just encouraging everyone to look for it instead of jumping to those conclusions. :-)
Americans do (generally) consume too much sugar and too much fat and they don't get enough exercise. It's not complicated. Many European countries are catching up, though, and it's simply inaccurate to say that healthy options aren't available in the US. I always lose weight when I go back to the US because it's so much easier finding "diet," low fat, low calorie options there than anywhere else. Just look. They're there.
Another thing contributing to American obesity is portion size.