The world has long marveled at the ability of the French population, and particularly its women, to remain thin in a country famed for its pastries, cheese and wine.
According to a 2009 study conducted by TNS Sofres Healthcare and Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche, 15.1 % of France's women are classified as clinically obese, while a further 26 % are overweight.
The study also reveals that over the past 12 years, the average French person has put on 3.1 kg. Doctor Marie-Aline Charles said urban lifestyles (including the use of public transport and a greater availability of food) were largely to blame!
Okay, it could be worse: in comparison, according to the latest data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) some 33.2 % of U.S. women are classified as obese.
Finally, during an interview for Reuters, Doctor Marie-Aline Charles (who helped conduct the research) made the following interesting comment: "We're currently seeing in France the same levels of obesity as in the United States in the 1970s, so we're about 40 years behind," she said.
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