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French US food portions

Richard Hawkes
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/food/Story/0,2763,1028800,00.html
In a nut shell, reports that even though the average French diet is high in fat, portions served in the USA are significantly larger which accounts for the huge difference in those classed as obese (7% vs 22%). Therefore, they say, environment as well as will power are important in healthy eating.
Quite interesting though it seems obvious when you read it!
I know that everytime I went out for a meal (UK) I'd get absolutely stuffed, going for all the extras (if affordable) and making sure there was nothing left. A few years ago I discussed with my girlfriend about how uncomfortably full we were and how daft it was to make ourselves feel like this just because we paid for it and it was there! We both decided to experiment and stop eating when full - duh! - though in practise it was quite difficult to do, especially when the food tastes so great! We managed it though and on nights when a meal was the beginning of the night we'd feel less tired and more energetic (more room for booze).
Of course I still binge sometimes. Christmas lunch at the folks house is probably my fav meal of the year and one where its quite acceptable to stuff myself to the gils since no one expects me to do anything after lunch except sit on the sofa, eat Quality Streets, watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and doze ...
A new campaign - war on food? Just say no ... to food? Can't see it myself! Apparently Brits are the fattest population in Europe.
 
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