The newspapers are all about child obesity nowadays. Somehow, in France, they don't talk about this issue much. That said, I understood more about the problem yesterday when I saw teenage girls in school uniforms queuing at a local restaurant to get a take-away for their lunches. Guess what the lunch was: a huge portion of fries, with dollops of mayonnaise or ketchup on top of it. I couldn't believe it. The owner had a special deal for them and was calling them sweetheart and darling. They were clearly regulars. My lunch never ever consisted of a huge portion of fries. It is just something that a French person wouldn't do, I think. If you are in a rush, you have a salad or a sandwich, or even a kebab. Never just fries. It wouldn't cross my mind. If the worst comes to the worst, I would simply skip lunch.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think that it is my place to judge their choice of food. They just ordered what they usually have. It was cheap and easily available. No wonder that they gain weight with such a diet. I couldn't believe it. And I am not talking about a couple of girls here, it was half a class. I was gobsmacked.
Mind you, fries may be a safer option than hamburgers. Apparently, some hamburgers had a good proportion of horse meat in them (read here if you don't believe me). Despite the fact that I don't remember eating any horse meat, we French have the reputation of eating a lot of it. People are shocked. That said, what did we expect? Prices were getting cheaper and cheaper, at some point the quality was probably compromised. But I digress.
Would you stuff your face with fries? Really? I hope that my daughter isn't sneaking out of school for fries. It is not a eating habit that I would encourage. If you are used to eating junk food, maybe them you just keep having it. I am glad that I didn't grow up in an environment that encouraged such choice of food.