On Friday, January 27th, 2017, France banned free and fixed-price soda and sugary drink refills in an attempt to fight against obesity. This was a recommendation by the World Health Organization.
This is not the first time France has made an effort to fight against obesity. In 2011, school cafeterias were allowed to serve fries only once a week. In 2014, vending machines were banned from schools. Soda vending machines were banned in 2004.
France’s current obesity rate is 15.3%, lower than the European average of 15.9%. The rate is almost half of the rate here in the United States, which is 36.5%.