Thanks to all you expatriates who filled out the survey.
Here’s what people report happens when they move away from their country:
1. Americans lose weight.
2. Asians gain weight.
3. Europeans gain 6% if they move to the US.
Up Next: Why? Is it smaller portions, more walking, and weird food, or is it cheap food, 57 varieties, and 64-oz Cokes?
Bon Jour! Here’s an international question for any grad student, post-doc, or sabbatical explorer who’s ever lived in a foreign country for more than a couple months. Did you lose or gain weight?
Some people gain weight and some people lose weight. Some move overseas and they walk a lot, and they pocketfuls of funny-looking money on tiny portions, and they lose a lot or weight without realizing it. Or they don’t really like eating yak meat, and they lose a lot.
Others eat with abandon until they need a new passport photo.
It doesn’t matter what country you’ve lived in – US to Brazil, Australia to Taiwan, Finland to the US, North Korea to South Korea – we’d love to hear your story. Ben Missbach (an amazing new visiting scholar from Germany) and I have put together the short survey at the link below. If you can fill it out, we can see if we can put together some rules of thumb to help out the future world traveler in you.