Freedom Fries Fattening French

Celebrated food culture struggles to resist import of American obesity
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2007 5:15 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Freedom Fries be danged, French waistlines are taking a decidedly American curve: As fast food and bigger portions invade, some 42% of the famously foodie nation's population is clocking in as either overweight or obese. But officials say don't let them eat cake, predicting US-level obesity if the trend isn't reversed within a few years, the LA Times reports.

And not only do French women get fat, they have less time to cook and perhaps even less know-how. "If we do nothing, in a few years the French will be as fat as Americans," said a consumer advocate. Many believe that regulation is necessary to contain the food market's push towards sugary, fattening products.