French women don’t get fat.
This sweeping generalization is false, according to Eatwell. Even though obesity rates in France are lower than those in America, these statistics mask regional differences in terms of weight, she said.
She added that Americans’ perceptions of French women are skewed by the places we visit.
“Foreigners tend to visit places like Paris – and hang out in the most upscale and fashionable parts of the city – and therefore come back with the impression that all French women are slim,” Eatwell told INSIDER.
However, this is a misleading representation of France as a whole.
“Women in Paris are much more likely to be slim than in the region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais,” she said. According to theInstitut Pasteur de Lille, 20.5% of the population in Nord-Pas-de-Calais is overweight and obese, which is 6% higher than the national average.