- Much more walking. High gas prices and very little parking mean that people walk more to get to where they want to go.
- No fast food chains. Yes, they do have McDonald’s, Burger King and others, but not on every corner as seems to be the case in the U.S. In their place are cafes, hundreds of them, that serve coffee every way you can imagine, freshly made sandwiches, pastry and gelato. I didn’t see a single fried item the entire time in Italy.
- Sodas? Yes, Coke and all its friends were everywhere, but not in your face as it seems in the U.S. And I didn’t see a lot of people drinking them.
While I don’t eat very much fast food and drink very little soda, it always amazes me that there are so many people who can’t seem to live without their daily fast food/soda fix. (I've read stats that say the average American eats fast food as much as six times a week and average soda consumpstion as high as a 1/2 gallon a day!) In Italy I saw an entire country of people who are apparently doing just fine without massive intakes of fast food and/or soda.
So what drives Americans to eat enormous amounts of fast food washed down with copious quantities of sugary drinks? Have we fallen prey to big business’s fast food advertising? When traveling or in a hurry, is it easier to get a burger, fries and a soda or a freshly made sandwich with some fruit and water? In Italy, it seems they have opted for the later. Why can’t we do it here as well? It seems we would all be better off if we did.