I came across this short excerpt in Houghtalings Handbook ©1889 and got a chuckle out of it. Okay, please note, I'm not responsible for the comments in the passage below.
The Nations that Eat Most
Among modern nations, the greatest eaters are the English, Germans, French and the Americans--the rulling people of our civilization. The diet of the Spaniards and the Italians is notably less substantial than that of the English and Germans, just as their brains are less active and original.
The Americans are, on the average, the greatest eaters in the world. Said Carlyle to Emerson: "The best thing I know of the country is, that in it a man can have meat for his labor."