Famously thin French getting fat

The average French person has put on more than half a stone since 1997

IT has been called the land of the slim, but the number of obese people in France has doubled in the past 15 years to reach seven million, a study has found.

Envied for somehow managing to eat great food and wine without putting on weight, the French are gradually falling foul of "Anglo-Saxon" couch potato and fast food culture, increasingly grazing between meals or in front of computer screens, the state-sponsored study by ObEpi-Roche found.

They may still officially be Europe's thinnest people but the average French person has put on more than half a stone since 1997 to weigh in at 11 stone 6lb. That means that 15pc of the French population is now obese and 32.3pc overweight. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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