Paris – Weight-watchers everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief. Contrary to their image as slim models of restraint, French women, it seems, really do get fat.
According to a 2009 study published on Tuesday, 15.1% of France’s women are classed as clinically obese, while a further 26% are overweight.
The survey, conducted by TNS Sofres Healthcare and Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche, also pointed to similar trends among the male population, with 13.9% of Frenchmen obese and 38.5% overweight.
The world has long marvelled at the ability of the French population, and particularly its women, to remain thin in a country famed for its pastries, cheese and wine.
French author Mireille Guilano even published a diet manual in 2004 entitled French Women Don’t Get Fat, praising the eating habits of women who prefer to savour their food calmly and never snack between meals.
I’m thinking hairy and fat is not a good look, but maybe that’s just me.