I said before about stopping what you’re doing and change. You’ve heard about the French and that the French have a diet that would put weight on any American, but they’re thin. The men and women of all ages in France are thinner than Americans. When we first looked at their diet we thought that the red wine they drank was the answer. These people eat out as much as we do, they don’t even know what low cal means. So how do they do it? First of all, they walk more. City people don’t use cars that much, They walk everywhere. Also, bike riding is more popular, you see gasoline has always been expensive in Europe and the people have learned to conserve. Conserving on food is something that France has done since World War II when food was scarce. So today their meal portions are smaller than ours and combine this with the increased amount of walking the French do and it’s much easier for them to control their weight. Also, the French eat real food, fresh food. Fresh locally grown food with the emphasis on poultry and seafood. All the time I spent in France I didn’t see any processed foods. No Manufactured food. I’m sure the food scene is a little different today, but not that different. You still buy produce at a produce market, seafood from a fish market, meat from a butcher and bread from a bakery. And from what I remember, there was a lot of competition. The food was amazing, I gained 10 pounds that summer. I loved the food, I ate like I never ate food before. Then I came back to the states and back to reality.
When I was in France the exchange rate was 10 francs to 1 dollar, great for Americans, but expensive for the French. Food for the locals was expensive that maybe that’s why the portions were smaller than are portions.
We should take a lesson from France, they had the same kind of overweight problem and they beat it. Now it’s our turn as Americans to whip the overweight problem in this country. It’s our overweight problem that has caused Health Insurance to escalate to an unaffordable level, to the point where we now have a Health Insurance crisis.
Being overweight and bad eating habits are the cause of most of our health problems. This is something we can do something about if we try. I hope I didn’t give you the impression that we are the only country with overweight people, not so. You can find heavy people all over the world, not in France for example, there is a smaller percentage of overweight people. In North America, 2/3rd of adults are overweight, that’s an enormous number.
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