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Old 19th May 2017, 14:20   #1 (permalink)
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Transatlantic Cousins

I am on holiday, and having a great time,thanks for asking, eating and drinking too much and becoming acquainted with some very nice "vacationers". from the countries to the north of here.
Now these people come in all shapes and sizes, from the svelte to the ---not so svelte.
What I would like to ask is, do the American airlines have larger seats for the ---"not so svelte?" because there is no way that said persons would fit in a standard seat, in fact I doubt if 2 seats would be adequate for some.
I am in no way being "sizeist" but XXXXXLS seems to be the norm. for a certain group of people.
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Yes, Americans
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Yes, Americans
How many Samoans have you met? Or Tongans? And statistically Mexicans and Saudis are more obese than Americans. Statistically, USA is #9 for obesity.
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Old 19th May 2017, 16:22   #4 (permalink)
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Not necessarily fun fly, remember I said "countries".
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Old 19th May 2017, 16:42   #5 (permalink)
 
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Trust me, as I have the experience: no the airlines do not have bigger seats. In fact they seem to enjoy wedging 400 pounder into the middle seat.
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Old 19th May 2017, 17:02   #6 (permalink)
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On fatty cruises the Premium Economy seat on the flight are booked immediately they go on sale.

On a recent flight we watched aghast as a super wide wheel chair was brought to the aircraft. Once on board she refused to sit in her assigned seat. The aisle seats in row 2, mine, and row 3 were empty.

I put on my grumpy face and expanded as much as I could. She got row 3.

At one point she went to the toilet, how she got in I have no idea. I guess large fat can get into spaces large muscled can't
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Old 19th May 2017, 17:45   #7 (permalink)
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How many Samoans have you met? Or Tongans? And statistically Mexicans and Saudis are more obese than Americans. Statistically, USA is #9 for obesity.
Very true, but, alas, you missed out a rather salient variable.....population numbers....which puts the USA at the top....

29 Most Obese Countries In The World - WorldAtlas.com

However, we Brits are proudly following in your footsteps you will be pleased to learn....

Britain: 'the fat man of Europe' - Live Well - NHS Choices

To save the usual "anti American ! " histrionics ....
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Old 19th May 2017, 18:41   #8 (permalink)
 
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Some companies do tailor products for the US market, I found. Here in the UK I have one of those lightweight folding chairs, the Chinese made things that fold up into a small shoulder bag that's easy to stow in a small aircraft. I often use it on airfields, as it beats sitting on wet grass.

Years ago, at Sun'n'Fun, I missed that chair, and spotted a stall selling what looked to be identical chairs. They are cheap enough to be disposable (I gave it the the Scouts running the refreshments when I left, anyway) so I bought one. It was noticeably larger than the one I had back home, and when I looked at the label it was marked "USA Model"................
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On fatty cruises the Premium Economy seat on the flight are booked immediately they go on sale.

On a recent flight we watched aghast as a super wide wheel chair was brought to the aircraft. Once on board she refused to sit in her assigned seat. The aisle seats in row 2, mine, and row 3 were empty.

I put on my grumpy face and expanded as much as I could. She got row 3.

At one point she went to the toilet, how she got in I have no idea. I guess large fat can get into spaces large muscled can't
You are so cruel..............

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I am so glad the Brits are so svelte and trim the Lot of you.

It must be the extremely boring cuisine you so enjoy that keeps the weight off you....Bangers, Mash, Mushy Peas, Shepherd's Pie, Beans on Toast.....so light on the Pallet and invigorating to the taste buds.
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I am so glad the Brits are so svelte and trim the Lot of you.

It must be the extremely boring cuisine you so enjoy that keeps the weight off you....Bangers, Mash, Mushy Peas, Shepherd's Pie, Beans on Toast.....so light on the Pallet and invigorating to the taste buds
It's the high mobility foods like Indian that make you take a dump often enough to keep the weight off.
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I am so glad the Brits are so svelte and trim the Lot of you.

It must be the extremely boring cuisine you so enjoy that keeps the weight off you....Bangers, Mash, Mushy Peas, Shepherd's Pie, Beans on Toast.....so light on the Pallet and invigorating to the taste buds.
It ain't about quality. It's all about quantity.
I am > 115 kg (not proud of it) but am constantly amazed at the serving sizes consumed in the US and Canada.
Way more than I can handle.

And then you see people going back for seconds, and then dessert.
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It ain't about quality. It's all about quantity.
I am > 115 kg (not proud of it) but am constantly amazed at the serving sizes consumed in the US and Canada.
Way more than I can handle.
A fat guy calling another fat guy fat, got it.
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I am so glad the Brits are so svelte and trim the Lot of you.

It must be the extremely boring cuisine you so enjoy that keeps the weight off you....Bangers, Mash, Mushy Peas, Shepherd's Pie, Beans on Toast.....so light on the Pallet and invigorating to the taste buds.
For a lot of us it goes back to the impact of rationing. Rationing was still in place when I was small; it continued here for around 9 years after the end of WWII, whilst the UK paid off debts and rebuilt the country.

Those 15 years or so of a modest diet had a lasting impact on British food and portion size, and only really started to change when fast food outlets were imported here. Since then we've seen a continuous rise in obesity, and we will catch up with the US before long, but the US has had a couple of decades of a head start.
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I first went to the States in '59 with the RAF. I was amazed at the variation and quantity of food on offer.
'Eat as much as you like for a dollar!' seemed a common advert.
I once ordered a turkey sandwich and expected some slices of turkey in between two slices of bread. It arrived on a large oval plate in a huge bap, complete with salad and french fries! And as for the steaks!
It seemed the Americans gloried in having copious amounts of food available at a very affordable cost and certainly enjoyed eating for eatings sake. I've returned many times since then and nothing has changed as far as I could tell. At first I was quite envious of them but now...
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Very important in the USA to know the difference between a 'cup' of soup and a 'bowl' of soup!
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Old 20th May 2017, 07:58   #17 (permalink)
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I ordered soup followed by chicken pie at a diner when overnighting in King City CA. The soup can best be described as a small lake, the pie contained the entire avine cast of Chicken Run, accompanied by mashed spuds that would run to about four servings when I'm cooking. Astonishingly good value it was even though I gave up about half way through the pie and mash.

And that, folks, is all I can remember about King City!
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Old 20th May 2017, 08:43   #18 (permalink)
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How many Samoans have you met?

Quite a few. The standard body size and shape is 6 foot by 6 foot square. The men are even bigger.
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I first went to the States in '59 with the RAF. I was amazed at the variation and quantity of food on offer.
'Eat as much as you like for a dollar!' seemed a common advert.
I once ordered a turkey sandwich and expected some slices of turkey in between two slices of bread. It arrived on a large oval plate in a huge bap, complete with salad and french fries! And as for the steaks!
It seemed the Americans gloried in having copious amounts of food available at a very affordable cost and certainly enjoyed eating for eatings sake. I've returned many times since then and nothing has changed as far as I could tell. At first I was quite envious of them but now...
Around 1973/4, not long after I'd started work, a US colleague took me in to Lakenheath, because he wanted to get some steaks. Never in my life had I ever seen steaks that size!
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You mean you lot couldn't handle this?

The 72 OZ Steak - The Big Texan Steak Ranch

Lightweights.

Google Molly Schuyler. She's a competitive eater, who weighs 120 pounds, but managed to eat three of the above mentioned steaks. The mind boggles.
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