Obesity is a concerning problem around the world. More and more people are overweight or obese nowadays. This is why every country tries to take efforts in order to fight this problem. Some countries try harder than others.
France is one of the countries that should be taken as an example when it comes to the fight against obesity. In the last 12 years, they have been taking a lot of measures. In 2004 it was the first time they made a move. They banned vending machines in schools. After that, in 2011 they limited the french fries to be served only once a week in cafeterias in schools.
Four years ago France made another change, one that many American states want to make. The sweetened beverages had a tax. This helped the economy and the fight against obesity. Now France decided to make another move: they banned unlimited refills.
This regulation was made official on Jan 27. All of the restaurants in France will face prosecution if they continue to serve unlimited soda refills. The restaurants that are going to be affected by this law if they don’t charge for the refills are fast-food restaurants.
The decision made by France is in accordance with WHO. This organization recommended all the countries to impose a tax on sweetened drinks. The organization mentioned that these actions have a positive effect on our health, although we might not notice it at first. It can also help countries have a better economy.
In France, there is a certain age group that has weight problems. People who are between 30 and 60 are more likely to be overweight. Numbers show that 41% of women with age between 30 and 60 are obese or overweight. When it comes to men the numbers are higher. 57% of men with ages between 30 and 60 have weight problems.
Despite the fact that this age group has a weight problem, the overall obesity rate in France is a lot lower than the one in the US. In comparison in the US the obesity rate is 36.5% and it France it is 15.9%. There is a big difference between the US and France, especially when it comes to the obesity rate.
What is your opinion about this regulation? Do you think that it is going to have an effect?
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