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Scantily clad German men happy to bare their beer bellies

The Local · 7 Jul 2010, 09:20

Published: 07 Jul 2010 09:20 GMT+02:00

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According to a GfK survey published by pharmacist website Apotheken-Umschau this week, tubby German men have few inhibitions when it comes to exposing their extra kilos during the warm summer months.

An overwhelming 81 percent of men polled said they would not let “trifles” such as a beer belly ruin their time at the swimming pool or beach this summer.

Adding to the heady mix of sun, beer and World Cup football this summer are the survey's findings that a high proportion of German men have “no inhibitions” while wearing revealing swimwear.

Some 79 percent said that it they were "totally indifferent" to what others thought of their less-than-perfect physiques while at the beach or public pool.

German women, according to the study, are slightly more sensitive about their poolside appearance. However, 61 percent of those surveyed have no inhibitions about wearing a swimming costume or bikini. And more than two-thirds of those asked said they paid little attention to what other people think of their bodies.

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The GfK market research firm in Nürnberg questioned 1,982 people, including 965 men and 1017 women for the survey.

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Your comments about this article

10:53 July 7, 2010 by JAMessersmith
The biggest difference between Europeans and Americans? Speedos.
11:25 July 7, 2010 by moistvelvet
"And more than two-thirds of those asked said they paid little attention to what other people think of their bodies."

Yeah right, who are they kidding?

During these warmer times I feel I should be wearing a T-shirt with the slogan "stop your breasts staring at my eyes" :-D

Now if only German women were so confident about semi-nudity all year round, in 10 weeks time it will be back to jeans and cardigans :-(
11:44 July 7, 2010 by nailerr
I don't like to see it, so I don't look. Good for them.

Growing up in London I have not come to be so relaxed, and that is a damnable shame.
16:10 July 7, 2010 by dcgi
Well maybe there's some benefit in stigmatizing the beer belly, of course I don't want everyone walking around with chiseled physique but to say thumbs up to the overweight people who don't care about their one-way ticket to diabetes or a triple bypass is I think a silly thing indeed. It shouldn't be encouraged.
16:11 July 7, 2010 by Jibzy
Once again, Germans leading the way.

Each day i keep being fascinated about how the German-philosophy or thought is QUITE advanced than many others. May it be with nudity, lust for money, emotional management and now big bellies ..hehe.
11:36 July 9, 2010 by marimay
Oink oink. You are what you eat, indeed.
10:03 July 12, 2010 by majura
That's why we call Speedo's "Budgie Smugglers" in Australia.

I was at Liepnitz See yesterday.... I'd say that the ratio of good looking people outweighed the one big keg gutted bloke. I've certainly seen worse back home- think about looking out across the beach and seeing a guy in said 'budgie smugglers' wearing a jumper(pullover)... only to realise as you focus in that it's his body hair.

Anyway, my German partner, whilst always a little self-conscious in regards to body appearance still swims topless etc.
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