Some think that other cultures have all the answers. Take the French for instance. Despite a diet stuffed with cream, butter, cheese and meat, just 10 per cent of French adults are obese, compared with Australia topping the world in obesity at a colossal 60 percent or more, America’s 33 per cent, and the UK at 22 per cent.
The French live longer too, and have lower death rates from coronary heart disease – in spite of those artery-clogging feasts of cholesterol and saturated fat. This curious observation, dubbed ‘the French paradox’, has baffled scientists for more than a few decades. And it leaves the rest of us diet-obsessed mortals smarting.
A recent survey conducted by the French government’s Committee for Health Education (CFES) found that eating is still very closely linked to a national heritage of consuming good food for pleasure, for the joy of the company of friends, and taking plenty of time to do it. Read More