Health: How the Petite Eat

Why are French women so svelte? A tell-all book is a surprise best seller

MIREILLE Guiliano, a French exchange student, eagerly rushed toward her father, who was waiting on the dock. Guiliano was returning home after an eventful year in the U.S. Her father coolly assessed his beloved daughter as she approached. "Tu ressembles ?? un sac de patates[You look like a sack of potatoes]," he told her flatly. Crushed, Guiliano, then 19, knew exactly what he was talking about. Living la vie am??ricaine, full of brownies and chocolate-chip cookies, had won her an American figure, padded with an extra 20 lbs. A return to the Continent and French habits quickly cured the problem.


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