Inside Europe | 06.09.2008 | 07:05
Why going back to school is leaving a sweet taste in the mouth for French schoolchildren
In a country renowned for the thinness of its citizens and the high quality of its food, spiralling obesity rates came as a shock in France. So the French decided to do something about it and have recently reported a leveling off of childhood obesity, after two decades on the rise.
It is the first European country to show such a decline. The findings from two studies suggest that healthier school lunch programs and a ban on vending machines in schools could be paying off.