The OECD also studied the amount of time spent eating by each industrialized nation. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that the French win in this category as well spending nearly 2.25 hours eating daily! Baguette anyone? They are closely followed by the Kiwi’s who enjoy munching for 2.20 hours per day. The United States ranked third to last with only 1 hour, 14 minutes devoted to meals daily. Fast food anyone?
It isn’t hard to believe that the French exceed nearly every other nation in the amount of time spent eating and sleeping because they also lead in the amount of time off from work, receiving 30 annual days of mandatory paid leave = get out of the office and live life! Next to follow is the UK with 20 annual days of paid leave.
Stats taken from The Wall Street Journal, by David Gauthier-Villars [May 5, 2009]