How true do you think these statements about fat, stupid, shallow Americans are?
Additional Details:Oh, I forgot, and where do they come from in your opinion?
Additional Details:@srgause Well, it's well-known fact a lot of people think about Americans like that. And I'm sure if you'd ask people where are more fat people in UK or US, they'd definitely say in US, though the percent is about the same in these two countries, so..
Well, I'm not trying to be offensive, I said I was of a good opinion about you.
Additional Details:@Scott Fields That's why I do not state this, because I'm not of that opinion about you and I can't really judge you as much as you can judge us, since you at least visited our country. And I even wrote in the question that I liked the States, so why would I want to offend you? Yes, these statements are somewhat true anyway, just like any other stereotypes about anything, the question is how far? If you read it carefully I didn't ask how true were the statements that all American are fat, stupid etc. I just asked how true they were. And yes I might be offended if you call all of us fat, lazy drunks, because it's obviously not. But I am not offended if you say that there's a majority of such people in Ukraine. Because just today I saw a bunch of these. And I would have to agree with you. If you wondering I can call myself either Ukrainian or Russian, both are true. And btw I actually meant United Kingdom not Ukraine with UK symbols. Meaning that people are unaware of real situation about fat people, when it's about the same.
Additional Details:I definitely heard some from a Finn guy. And I just recalled one American said that in US there are a lot of people who are crazy about healthy lifestyle and going to gym, that is why they have some 24\7 gyms.
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I can, however, see the generalization of Americans being obese. We have an obese culture. While we are not all obese, of course, I would say that our country is getting fatter all the time. I am actually thin, but am looked at as "unhealthy" by some because I think the view of what a healthy weight really is has become distorted. Many people that look what most would consider "healthy" are actually medically overweight (different than obese.)
Just my thoughts too.
And don't you think every country has fat, stupid and shallow people? :)
Your question is a little offensive, so please be careful next time!
Do you know what a stereotype is? Stereotypes are generalizations about a group of people whereby we attribute a defined set of characteristics to this group. There are lots of fat, lazy, drunk Ukrainians, but that doesn't mean all Ukrainians are this way.
Many stereotypes come from movies and isolated instances that don't fully represent the people involved. Most stereotypes originate from misunderstanding cultural differences. Every culture has people of all kinds. This kind of question is offensive because it assumes that there is some truth to the statement. I would love to know where you got your statistics on obese people in Ukraine and United States but it is a mute point. Stereotypes evolve out of fear of persons from other groups and countries. I think that the major source of this thinking comes from Soviet era perceptions of Americans.
To conclude, Srgause is correct that your statement is a little offensive, just in the same way as you probably found my statement about Ukrainians.
Or you will probably say that it is OK because you are Russian anyway. LOL
I'm not sure where those stereotypes come from, but even Americans make fun of their "fat culture". Check this website out for an example: http://www.thisiswhyyourefat.com/
(Obviously that site is meant to be ridiculous and not how all Americans eat)
I found this other webpage debunking French and American stereotypes that might be helpful:
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No I don't think this description is true.
And some words about the statement concerning vodka drinking in Russia. That is the same as saying that all Americans are fat and shallow. Let silly people say so if it makes their life better.
There are really nice people in America and Russia and in every other country. I know some of them and wish everybody to get to know some of them too, so that this incorrect stereotype may disappear.
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