The French are getting fatter, and in January they held a National Weighing Day for children. A volunteer army of hundreds of pediatricians fanned out to more than 80 cities to weigh, measure, interrogate and enlighten.
Roubaix, in northern France, is the fattest region in the country: 51 percent of the population is overweight or obese, according to the most recent national figures, from 2003. The national average is 42 percent. The trend line is most dramatic among children.
While adult obesity is rising about 6 percent a year in France, among children the rate of growth is 17 percent. At that rate the French could be - quelle horreur - as fat as Americans by the year 2020. (More than 65 percent of the population in the United States is considered overweight or obese.)
Next I bet they'll want their own Disneyland! Oh wait ...
FRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2429 posts, RR: 10
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And the sad thing is that it isn't just France that is catching up with the USA when it comes to obesity, many other countries are becoming the same because of the many fast food restaurants poping up around the globe.
I read in Newsweek and read that Japan was a traditionally healthy country and now the Japanese children are becoming fatter and fatter due to the fast food and large video game market in that country. However, I can think of many other countries that are also getting fatter including:
and sadly the list goes on and on and on.....
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