Big surprise there. According to a report published Monday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the French spend more time sleeping and eating than the inhabitants of any other “highly developed country.”
The average French person gets nine hours of sleep per night, a half-hour more than the average American (I don’t know too many Americans who sleep eight-and-a-half hours a night, but whatever).
When it comes to eating habits, the French devote over two hours per day to meals. That’s twice the amount of time spent by Americans.
It seems to be paying off for them, as the report shows life expectancy of the country’s men and women lagging behind only Japan.
I think France has the right idea, personally. I know I feel better when I’m well rested and make the time to enjoy my meals.
I get a kick out of books and articles like, “How to Eat like a French Woman” or “Live the French Life for a Month: First things first—only wash your hair once a week.” I swear to god, look it up.
One thing I do wish would change though is that instead of putting out books with titles like, French Women Don’t Get Fat, how about we think more in terms of “French women maintain a healthy weight?”
I guess that wouldn’t sell as many copies, though. Americans are just as obsessed with FAT vs THIN as we are with the French.