The Guardian has an excellent article with a simple explanation of the "French Paradox":
The lesson is that though the French diet was rich in fat, overall, the Americans consumed more calories. Over the years, this would lead to substantial differences in weight.
When I'm in France I eat incredibly well and still lose weight. The quantity is smaller, yet I'm happier because the food is delicious.

I asked a question on Google Answers: How much has the average American's food consumption grown over time? According to this USDA report calorie consumption has grown about 20% in the last 20 years.

A big jump in average calorie intake between 1985 and 2000 without a corresponding increase in the level of physical activity (calorie expenditure) is the prime factor behind Americas soaring rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Super size it!
  2003-08-27 02:18 Z