Health in France

Average life expectancy in France at birth is 81 years.[1][2]

Healthcare issues in France

Obesity in France

Even though French are among the thinner Europeans (see chart below), obesity in France has been increasingly cited as a major health issue in recent years. It is now considered a political issue whereas just a few years prior it would only have been an issue reported on television talk shows or in women’s magazines.[3] There is a myth about French people not getting overweight or obese[4] however France is only ranked as the 128th fattest country in the World,[5] one of the lowest rank among developed countries and French food has long been studied for its healthy diet.

Country Average weight BMI[6] Daily Calorie Intake Source
United Kingdom 80 kg 29 2,200 [7]
Italy 74 kg 26 2,100
Germany 73.5 kg 26 2,400
France 68 kg 24 2,200

Public health

France, as all EU countries, is under an EU directive to reduce sewage discharge to sensitive areas. In 2006, France was only 40% in compliance, one of the lowest achieving countries in the EU with regard to this waste-water treatment standard[8]

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Statistics

Total population (2015) 64,395,000
Gross national income per capita (PPP international $, 2013) 37
Life expectancy at birth m/f (years, 2015) 79/85
Probability of dying under five (per 1 000 live births, 0) not available
Probability of dying between 15 and 60 years m/f (per 1 000 population, 2015) 104/51
Total expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2014) 4,508
Total expenditure on health as % of GDP (2014) 11.5

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