I was giving a speech in Amsterdam, and was shocked to see how few fat people there were. As you know, Amsterdam is famous for several things, including being known as the bicycle riding capital of the world. No wonder these people are so fit, no one seems to own a car! They ride their bikes to work all year long. I was so blown away by the lack of obesity that I took a video camera out in the middle of Dam Square searching for fat people, and I couldn’t find any! Amazing. 66% of Americans are overweight or obese. 46% in the UK, and 50% in Australia. In Amsterdam the obesity rate is less than 11%. New research in the United States came out today citing the addictive nature of many foods loaded with fat. While this may be true, we are still responsible for putting the food in our mouths. Alcohol is addictive too, but you don’t blame the liquor companies for being a drunk. Mental Toughness is about taking responsibility for our habits, actions and behaviors, regardless of how the much media or the government wants us to believe we need them to tell us how to live and what to think. Check out this very short video of Dam Square in Amsterdam and see if you can find the fat people. And no, I didn’t visit any of the coffee houses or any other unique attractions. (except the Van Gogh Museum. Which was excellent 🙂 Steve Siebold
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Author and Professional Speaker since 1997. Past Chairman of the National Speakers Association's Million Dollar Speakers Group. Author of 11 books with 1.4 million copies in print.
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