Why Europeans are Slimmer

Family serving soup at dinning room table

Every 2 years, my husband and I cross the pond over to visit my homeland and extended family in Romania. Each trip I take reinforces two sneaky suspicions I have as to why Europeans are slimmer. 

All that Walking Counts
Their streets are made for walking. And they do. Even if it’s to hail a cab or catch a bus, the average European walks much further than we do in America.  Each evening of our trip we met various friends and acquaintances in town for strolls through the park or the town Centre. Both places were swarming with people meeting friends and being active: biking, rollerblading, groups stretching, moms pushing strollers, dads swinging their babies.

Soup is a Staple
With the exception of breakfast, each meal is served in courses, with soup being an up-and-center offering. The liquid in the soup helps you fill up faster, which means you’re less likely to go overboard with the main course.  The small break you get between finishing your soup and when the main fare arrives gives your brain a chance to register your fullness signals. Stopping when you are no longer hungry is much more natural.

Have you noted any cultural traditions during your travels that point to a slimmer waistline?


Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones is head copywriter, recipe curator, makeup artist, and occasional stage hand at Full Plate Living by day, and a ridiculously happy mother of a toddler at night. You can keep up with her random musings on Twitter.  

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