2012 Summer Olympics

Great Britain Scores Solid Burn with Fat Americans T-Shirt Sold at Olympics

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  A fan of the New England Patriots supports his team against the Denver Broncos during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 27, 2012

A remark only really stings when it's true, making these fat-American Olympic T-shirts being sold quite painful indeed. 

Kim Painter of USA Today reports some mighty naughty T-shirts are being sold in London with an aim at the tubby tummies of their neighbors across the pond:

A British maker of novelty items seems to think so. It's selling tote bags and t-shirts to commemorate the Olympics with the slogan: "I'm renting my flat to a fat American family."

Here are pics of the glorious tote bags and T-shirts poking fun at the Olympics, utilizing the same style of the official gear. 

It's important to note, however, that there is nothing official about this paraphernalia. It's merely being sold at the website ThatBigEventinLondon.co.uk

We are a fat nation, and I am a citizen. I sit on my fat tub all day writing from a computer, as I daydream of the moment I can get up and stuff my face with things so horrible it would make Jamie Oliver shed a tear. 

So I hardly object to the sentiment; I just wish the saying was more clever than simply, "I'm renting my flat to a fat American family." 

Can we, a slop-eating nation, really detest such a claim?

Painter continues (links provided by USA Today): 

Designer Toby Leigh tells the Toronto Star that even Americans are buying the 'fat American' gear -- or at least "99% of Americans who have a sense of humor."

One presumes that would include some of the 36% of American adults who are actually obese. One not-so-funny fact: The obesity rate among British adults is at 26% and rising, despite a pre-Olympics push to get the nation in shape -- and a study released a few days ago showed that the British are even more inactive than we famously slothful Americans.

It's a sad day when one-third of our country immediately looks to escalators the moment they enter a mall or think a treadmill is the people mover thing at airports. 

Sbarro shouldn't be fine dining, and we all need to make a concerted effort to lose some weight. Forget the fact that I wrote this with donut crumbs strewn about my desk. 

If we fail to act quickly, soon we will be mocked relentlessly in Rio 2016. Unfortunately, we all may be in meat comas by then. 

 

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