USA 40% of overweight vs FRENCH 17.4% : THE REASON! 美国人体重超重的人口高达40%，而法国人的只有17.4%，秘密就在这里！
We have dedicated this article to both countries celebrating their national day in july, hence we have decided to compare both countries’ diets.
So lets start with some figures. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 40% of women and 35% of men are overweight in the US. Obesity has become worse with time and it is more obvious when we compared with other countries, like France for example. In France, only 16.8% of women and 17.4% of men are overweight.
How can we explain this difference? It’s NOT only due to a genetic result, but also mainly to the attitudes towards foods. French people eat all sorts of “bad” foods, like wine, butter, cheese, pork, salt, etc… nonetheless they don’t have the same obesity problems like in America.
American and French diet differ, this is undeniable. Let’s see, in what way:
Portion Sizes | 食量
Americans focus more on quantity than quality and eat bigger portions (encouraging excess calorie intake and hence, weight gain). However, the first rule of French diet is to enjoy everything in moderation (including high-fat foods as well as sweets). French dishes include all kinds of food, in small portions.
Foods Consumption | 食物消耗
Only 10% of American young people have their daily vegetables and fruits recommended intake. By contrast, in France, this percentage is around 40%. Americans, in general, eat daily less vegetables and fruits than French people. Moreover, since a young age, French are used to eat a variety of foods, giving them a different attitude towards food.
Processed Food | 加工食物
American diet is made of about 70% of processed, frozen, ready-made, prepackaged and fast foods. These kinds of foods are high in calories, saturated fats and, sugars. French diet on the other hand, is based mostly on unprocessed foods prepared at home.
Alcohol? | 酒精
Americans consume less alcohol than French, however their alcohol-related deaths are higher. Americans drink a lot of beer, however, not as a part of a sit-down meal. French consume around 500 glasses of wine per person every year but they do it normally with a meal and emphasis on taste over amount.
Obesity problems are issues every country is facing nowadays and, America like other countries are trying to educate people over the importance of a healthy diet.
Even if France’s obesity rates aren’t so high, they are not protected from obesity problems now or in the near future.
We know that NO NATION IS WITHOUT HEALTH PROBLEMS, and that a specific miracle diet DOESN’T EXIST. So, no matter what country you are from or currently living in, you just have to focus on eating healthy unprocessed foods, balanced meals and smaller or controlled portions!
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