I live in a state ranked 35th in the nation for good health - which is definitely in the bottom half of these United States, and in a county with poor health patterns as well (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, teen pregnancy, STDs, etc. etc.).
So if half of all Americans are overweight or obese, I guarantee that it is higher in my city/county. Obesity is the norm.
I am in good health but overweight at 43 years old – 5'6", I am 176 pounds.
I find that it's difficult to find support among peers, even my partner, because in this community - measured against the norm, I look like I'm doing pretty well.
I know I'm not.
My eating habits which include a love of all vegetables (except bok choy), tofu, sushi, and a commitment to sustainable eating just don't resonate with many either.
Sometimes this helps me make excuses for myself when I am feeling discouraged. How does your community/culture affect your weight?