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The French Crackdown on Junk Food

Can you blame them? Just look at what junk food has done to this country. It shouldn’t surprise you that the French government wants to put the screws to processed snacks and fast food. Marie-Laure Combes of the Associated Press has more:
This from a nation where just slightly more than 9 percent 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. Several Mediterranean and Eastern European countries have similar statistics.


The ad restrictions fly in the face of the image of the trim and cuisine-conscious French, perpetuated by books like Mireille Guiliano's best seller "French Women Don't Get Fat." The book argues that the French can eat croissants and foie gras without ballooning because they take time to savor flavors and eat judiciously.
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