London, Oct 16 (IANS) The otherwise skinny French have also come under the grip of junk food's negative impact, experts suggest.
Nearly seven million people in France are now classified clinically obese - nearly double the figure 15 years ago - the latest study has revealed, Daily Mail reported.
Health experts have warned that a diet of junk food and a couch-potato lifestyle is turning the traditionally skinny French into a nation of fatties.
Despite still being officially Europe's second thinnest people, the weight of the average French person has risen by just over half a stone (about 3 kg) to 11 stone (72 kg) since 1997, the report found.
According to the government sponsored survey by pharmacists Obepi-Roche, the biggest weight gains were among 18 to 24-year-olds, who are turning "addicted to fast food".