Friday, April 18, 2008

For your health, avoid eating too much fat, too much sugar, too much salt

Okay, the French are officially extreme. You've all seen those warnings on cigarette packets, right? WARNING: Smoking causes lung cancer. WARNING: Smoking causes early death, etc.

Wedneday night I went to see a movie in France, and at the bottom of the ads for soda and chips they had a warning displayed the entire time! Here are some examples:

"For your health, eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day."

"For your health, undertake regular physical activity."

"For your health, avoid eating too much fat, too much sugar, too much salt."

"For your health, avoid snacking between meals."

This is a new law in France, which has now been in effect more than a month. What do you think about this? Obviously obesity is a problem, in France not even to the extent as in the US.

In France just slightly more than 9 per cent of the 63.4 million citizens are obese and fewer than a third are overweight, according to government figures. In the United States, by comparison, one-third of adults are obese, about two-thirds are overweight.

Here's a good article about this in English.

1 comment:

  1. So one-third of Americans are obese, and two-thirds of Americans are overweight? That's...three-thirds. SCHEISSE, I knew I wasn't making my bikini weight this summer.