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  1. Bellisle, France DSc


Large differences exist in the frequency of overweight and obesity between France and the United States. The reasons for this situation have been addressed in the recent American scientific literature. Some of the less frequently examined factors are reviewed here from the standpoint of possible differences in psychosocial and cultural differences. The typical meal and snack patterns of French consumers, the importance of eating as a focal activity, and the role of palatability are examined from a cross-cultural perspective.