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OBESITY IN FRANCE<br />
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Emilie David (L) and Sarah Boque (R), both candidates for the regional elections of the Miss Curvy France’s contest in Toulouse, dress in the changing room in Toulouse, France on September 2011. Sarah is a 24-year-old French woman who works for a Mutual organization. She weighs 240 pounds, is 175 centimeters tall and her European size is 48/50. Emilie is a 23-year-old who works as an administrative agent. She weighs 188 pounds, is 160 centimeters tall and her European size is 48. She lives with her parents and is in a relationship since 4 years. Miss Curvy is a new annual beauty contest targeted at females aged between 18 and 35 years old who are of a size 10 and over. The contest mission is to encourage plus sizes and curvy women to accept themselves and celebrate women with curves. Obesity in France has been increasingly cited as a major health issue in recent years.