Why Aren't The French Overweight Like So Many Americans?

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2009-02-10 09:13:25 -0600
Started 2009-02-08 12:17:26 -0600

There is a very interesting discussion comparing the French and American cultures. There are very few fast food places in France. The French eat many veggies and fruit and stay away from fast and fatty foods. Here is a good article on this topic.


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Anonymous 2009-02-10 09:13:25 -0600 Report

I know why they are thin. Have you ever eaten at a French restaraunt. They have tiny portions. One green bean and a meat with cream sauce. LOL

Richard157 2009-02-10 08:39:55 -0600 Report

I grew up on a farm and we grew all our own vegetables and fruit. We also raised pigs, chickens and cows and had pork, beef, poultry, eggs, milk, etc. We were poor but there was an abundance of food and we did not know that I was supposed to watch my carbs. I avoided sugar but not carbs. We had three really big meals every day and lots of snacking too. I probably ate close to 1000 carbs per day. How I survived through those years without diabetes complications I will never understand. I was never overweight despite all that eating on the farm.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-09 06:15:22 -0600 Report

Good article. I agree. I can't count the times I heard someone say, Do you know how many children are starving across the world? Well now that I am older I can comeback with an answer, yes, so bag it up and send it to them. Years ago I would of got a slap. But what is so funny we had to sit at the table until we finished our food. (Go figure)…Debe

2009-02-09 21:52:08 -0600 Report

We had the same rules in our house, clean your plate but being "ME" (and yes I got a slap for this) but my Dad thought it was hilarious.. I addressed an envelope to the 'straving children in Africa' that my mother always referred to and filled it with some ungodly food she demanded I eat and then asked her for a stamp!!!!

Only once… LOL

But not funny, I still struggle with 'clean plate' syndrome. I just use a smaller plate now so that I can clean it and not overeat (most of the time).


highlandcitygirl 2009-02-09 22:02:21 -0600 Report

nobody made me eat anything i didn't like. but i had to fight my older brother "ten years older' for the best parts of the meal. i remember getting stabbed in the hand one time when i got a chicken breast. he took it away from me. i learned to eat on guard! and i ate fast, which leads to overeating.

datzme 2009-02-10 02:10:37 -0600 Report

That was our way of life as well. Single mom 3 kiddies and wow I will still never eat tuna noodle c. Again in my lifetime. God bless mom but not a chance. But finish your plate was tops and then it when I was your age oh yes. And I was the picky one so that was fun ack. My older brother use to use his pockets when he didn't like something hide it in his pocket until my mom wondered why he had baked beans in his pockets haha

GabbyPA 2009-02-08 14:57:10 -0600 Report

I found this to be very profound from the article:

"Furthermore, we have found that the heavier a person is -- French or American -- the more they rely on external cues to tell them to stop eating and the less they rely on whether they felt full,"

We eat with our eyes and not with our body. How intersting. I know I am that way. We were brought up that you cannot leave the table until you plate is clean....what are we doing to our kids? Wow, this is a great article.

2009-02-08 12:54:51 -0600 Report

Good article Richard. It's very true, we are "tempted" by a fast food place on every corner. It's the american way, so I guess we just suffer through it :(. Before I became a diabetic, I had fast food 3 meals a day. This has been like a brick in the face for me. I don't like all this healthy food! LOL Take care, Angie

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