American Women Don’t Get Fat

On April 27th, the much awaited release of, The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook, takes place.  (That’s quite a mouthful of a title.)  Written by Mireille Guiliano, whom I met at a big, free wine-lunch weekend many years ago in Piedmont (sponsored by her employer LVMH a.k.a. LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton S.A.), the book has recipes designed to keep American women as slim as their French sisters.

The odd thing is that French women actually do get big.  (I prefer “big” rather than fat since the association to the word “fat” brings to my mind Bill Cosby’s character, “Fat Albert,” whose diabetic condition, never made explicit by the great comic, surely caused suffering.)

According to a recent recent study (2009) conducted in France by TNS Sofres Healthcare in collaboration with Roche, 15.1% of French women are clinically obese and another 26% are overweight.  That means, let’s see, hold on, let me get my calculator out, um, 41.1% of French women are big.

That leaves–calculator just froze–58.9% of French women who don’t get fat.  OK, it’s a clunky title, but isn’t this more like it?

The 58.9% of French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook.

In comparison, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the United States, in the most recent survey (2007-2008) found these obesity figures: “For women, the prevalence was 35.5 percent overall, and ranged from 33.0 percent among non-Hispanic white women to 49.6 percent among non-Hispanic black women.”

So wouldn’t a better book be?

The American Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook.

Put down the croissant, pick up the barbell!  Sisters here live at the gym.  You won’t see them having three hour lunches!  No sir!  It’s Pilates, Spinning, and personal trainers.

This is a French women:

This is an American women:

Gym Woman Ready To Race Royalty Free Stock Photo

Gonna kick some butt!

One thought on “American Women Don’t Get Fat

  1. I’ve lived in France for 10 years, and can tell you that plenty of French women ‘get fat.’ It’s true that women of a certain monied class, who tend to live in Paris, watch their weight, eat healthy food, don’t overeat, and are as slim as teenagers. The overweight tend to be poorer, or tend to live outside Paris, in the countryside. Though French women, especially wealthy ones in Paris, are quite a bit slimmer than their American counterparts, that book title was clearly meant to grab attention, not portray facts!

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