Skinny French Women Feel Fat: Study
Europeans weigh themselves on a sliding scale
By Angus Loten,  Newser User
Posted Apr 23, 2009 12:43 PM CDT
Skinny French women feel like they're carrying the weight of the world, a study finds.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – Most French women feel fat, despite being among the thinnest women in Europe, a study finds. By contrast, much larger women in Britain, Spain, and Portugal consider themselves skinny, AFP reports. Researchers say women in France have a lower ideal weight compared to other European countries. In fact, more than 5% of French women are clinically underweight. 

The study also found a gap between sexes when it comes to weight. Roughly half of men in western European countries, excluding France and the Netherlands, are officially overweight. Only in Britain, Greece, and Portugal is the same true for women. Compared to women, men are also far more comfortable being fat, the study found.