What French woman think

April 23rd, 2009 - 1:42 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

According to a new research, the study shows that France has the highest proportion of underweight women out of the whole Europe and yet half of them think they are too fast in spite of being thin.

Men and women don’t perceive their own deficient or excess weight in the same way either, the study found.

In other European countries the opposite is true: the number of women in Britain, Spain and Portugal, for example, who see themselves as seriously skinny easily outstrips the number who actually are.

‘This shows that what people consider an ideal weight in France is lower than in other countries,’ said the studies author Thibaut de Saint Pol, a researcher at France’s National Institute of Demographic studies, which published the study Wednesday.

In western Europe, the mean weight of men in every country except France and The Netherlands tips the scales into the ‘overweight’ category, according to World Health Organization (WHO) standards.

Only three nations do women join the menfolk in crossing that line: Britain, Greece and Portugal. Dutch does one find more overweight women than men.

France is the one country in which both sexes are solidly in the ‘normal’ weight bracket, and the only one in which more than five per cent of women are officially ‘underweight.

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