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 ...