http://www.sina.com.cn 2008年01月14日 10:33
Britons are the world's biggest fans of fast food, just ahead of Americans, while the famously gastronomic French are the least attracted to quick meals, according to a study published last week.
"People are inherently contradictory and nowhere is it more obvious than on such a sensitive and important issue as their weight," says Steve Garton of polling body Synovate, who produced the survey jointly with the BBC.
"The results show there's a world of people who cannot deny themselves that hamburger or extra piece of pizza, but probably make themselves feel better by washing it down with a diet cola."
In terms of fast food, 45 percent of Britons agreed with the statement "I like the taste of fast food too much to give it up" ahead of 44 percent for Americans and Canadians at 37 percent.
The French, long proud of their reputation for high-class cuisine, strongly disagree, followed by 75 percent of Singaporeans and 73 percent of people from Romania.
"Britons love their fish and chips," Garton says. "French people take care of their image as a matter of course.On top of this there is increasing awareness of the devastation obesity can cause to one's health."