French are world champions in eating, drinking and sleeping

May 4th, 2009 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Paris, May 4 (DPA) No one in the developed world spends more time than the French on eating, drinking and sleeping, according to a study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued here Monday.
The study, titled Measuring Leisure in OECD Countries, found that French men and women above the age of 15 spend an average of about two hours and 15 minutes a day eating and drinking. That’s nearly twice as much as Mexicans, Canadians and Americans.

Only New Zealanders come close to the French, spending an average of about two hours 10 minutes a day at the table or the juice bar.

The French are also number one among residents of industrial countries when it comes to sleeping, the OECD study found.

A French adult sleeps an average of eight hours and 50 minutes a day, well ahead of the second-place Americans, at just below eight hours and 40 minutes.

The Koreans and Japanese sleep the least among OECD member nations, both averaging about seven hours 50 minutes a day, according to the OECD.

The study also found that the Belgians have the most leisure time a day, an average of six hours 39 minutes, just ahead of the Germans who - contrary to their image as obsessed workers - enjoy six hours 34 minutes of daily downtime on average.

Mexicans and Japanese were found to have the least leisure time among the 30 OECD members.

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