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Study: Americans Aren’t Lazy, We Just Eat Too Much

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We all know that Americans have put on a little weight over the last few decades. The solution, we hear, is to exercise more and eat less. Well, a new study suggests that, really, eating less is the only viable option.

It seems we’re not much less active now than we were in the 1970s. So how can we hope to return to those leaner days?:

[C]hildren would have to cut their intake by about 350 calories a day — equal to one can of fizzy drink and a small portion of French fries, and adults by about 500 calories — the equivalent of a Big Mac burger.

Alternatively, children would have to walk for an extra two-and-a-half hours a day, and adults for nearly two hours.

Exercise is still useful in losing weight. But since few of us have the time for a two hour walk, I suppose putting down this Big Mac might be a better start.