"Everyone in the place, except the waiter, was fat, some of them so fat that I kept having to look at them. I had never seen people that fat before. The strange thing was that none of them looked as if they were trying to hide their enormous girth; quite the opposite, several people were wearing tight T-shirts with their big bellies sticking out proudly."
Newfoundland rarely makes The New York Times, so when a Swedish travel writer made an observation that made Newfoundlanders to be enormously large, that was especially sad.
Karl Ove Knausgaard was in St. Anthony, Newfoundland at the northern end where he could see Labrador. St. Anthony is hundreds of kilometres away from St. John's. Also, Knausgaard was there in the middle of winter, so people are likely to be at their largest.
The writer doesn't come across well in the poorly written story, so that may be some consolation. Knausgaard also doesn't seem to want to get to know the people of Newfoundland, certainly not by reading the story. He spends more time pondering why he is clueless enough to not bring a unexpired drivers license on an assignment where he has to drive than on Newfoundland.
Canada has an obesity problem, especially true the further north you travel in the country.
I look forward to making my own observations later this year when I hope to travel to Newfoundland.