What people around the world really think of Americans (VIDEO)

Sep 15, 2015 at 11:40 a.m. ET
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America. Land of the free and home of the brave… or so we like to sing. The rest of the world, however, sings a different tune when it comes to America's attributes.

In a video titled America Around the World, Cut.com asks people around the globe what they think about Americans. Things started out on a positive note. "Paradise," answers Addis Ababa of Ethiopia, the first woman interviewed. Things go downhill after that, with people noting obesity, greed and ignorance as American traits.

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Of course, they're stereotypes and nothing Americans haven’t heard before, but as one woman asks, "Are they stereotypes if they're true?" With more than two-thirds of our nation categorized as overweight or obese and alarmingly low levels of geographic knowledge (in a 2006 study, 63 percent of Americans aged 18-24 couldn't find Iraq on a map), they have a point in many regards.

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There are so many amazing things about our country and our people, but this video is a pretty stark reminder that we have a lot of work to do — as individuals and as a nation. We remain the land of the free and the home of the brave; now we just have to focus on ways to make those virtues shine more brightly than our nation's propensity for drive-thru food.

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