French women have the reputation of being very stylish and slim. It's true, I rarely see really overweight people in France, and sometimes when I go back home to the UK I am shocked by how many people overweight people I see.
I have my own theory on this, that the French attitude to food is better, in that eating well and eating at mealtimes is normal. People definitely don't snack as much here, and take the time to actually sit down to eat meals at set times. It's almost unheard of for people to eat a supermarket sandwich at their computer every lunchtime (which happens a lot in the UK.)
I also notice that French children eat sweets, cakes and biscuits nearly every day, but this is only for gouter at 4 o'clock. As a result, I think they don't go crazy for that kind of food as it's not forbidden, they are allowed to eat it every day but at a very specific time. (By the way this is my favourite teatime snack - a piece of dark chocolate in a fresh baguette. Yum!)
Anyway, these are my opinions from having lived in France for almost 10 years.
Here's a video from France24 about this topic, with a vocabulary worksheet to go with it. And I'm off to eat some baguette and chocolate.
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