Yes, I know what you mean by being on your feet all day, it never made a difference in my weight or those around me. The reason? Everyone was eating junk (carbs with salt, sugar and fat) to take the stress level down, go as fast as they could, and/or stay awake on long shifts late into the night. You are right about the DM2 patents getting terrible amounts of carbs also. People in the US, Europe, and other developed countries have abundant junk available and will use it for varying reasons, like distraction and comfort of any kind. We travel, and the trimmest, most muscular figures (and even the best teeth) I saw were in Poland. They eat almost no sugar compared to Americans. I checked out the stats after getting home and it shows that Americans eat about 150 pds. of sugar per person a year, and Poles eat about 70 pds per year. That doesn't take into account the fact that Poles almost never dine out, nor do they snack between meals. They even avoid carbonated beverages and you will find few snack foods in stores. They ride buses and trains just like city folk everywhere in the world, but the big difference was caloric intake, and, calories from junk food almost did not exist. They ate sausages, meats, and have a love affair with sour foods, like sauerkraut and soured beets, they love vegetables. They used to be major sugar producers for Europe growing beets for sugar. But they hardly have desserts even in restaurants. The Poles should create weight loss vacations to stimulate their economy and help other nations trim down.
If American weight problems came from not enough exercise, than every nurse and waitress in our country would be the thinnest in America, but they are not. Also ask yourself this, does the average French woman or man (lauded for their fine figures and hearts) walk as much as an American nurse who is making her living walking 8 to 12 hours a day?
No, of course not, unless they happen to be a nurse or waitress. So the whole "not enough activity" and "slothful American thing" is mostly not true. Look at all the double duty moms out there without hardly a moment to sit down. The fatness is coming from the wrong food in the wrong quantities. I do believe modern day kids don't get enough exercise and that is because our system lets perverts out of jail so they can troll for kids, so kids get parked in front of computers and tv. But that is another subject.
Keep up the good work and slide into summer with a new and better you. I will do my best too.