Friday, November 13, 2009
Here's the Skinny
After all the hype, it seems that French women really do get fat after all. Almost one third (32 percent) of French adults are now overweight and 14.5 percent are considered obese, an astonishing jump from just 8.5 percent in 1997. Every age category is affected, women more than men, and the poor more than the rich. The press on the latest report from ObEpi, which conducted the national survey, had little to say about the causes, only noting that social marketing campaigns are not enough to change the trend. The good news: France is still well behind the U.S. where adult obesity rates now stand at a whopping 34 percent.