Originally Posted by Nantais
The average European is too poor to afford a cheeseburger. He can only dream of a little piece of a cold pizza in his 20 m² flat where he lives with all his extended family. That's the only reason which could explain why the European are less fat than the American.
When you travel anywhere, cafes and restaurants are very visible (by design) while grocery stores are often hidden away. Most Europeans cook food at home, just like Americans do. If they do eat out, it's probably for lunch since people are at work and don't have access to a kitchen.
I don't understand the Europeans who actually live
in the touristy areas, though. The center of Rome is beautiful but groceries are 30-50% more expensive and there are very few supermarkets. I'd definitely rather live in a more peripheral area where there is good access to amenities (Flaminio, Monteverde, Testaccio, etc)