Sunday, July 17, 2011

Italians Not Following The Mediterranian Diet

For years I have touted the health benefits of the "Mediterranean Diet" and encouraged patients to eat like the Europeans.   Fresh farm vegetables, olive oil, fish and red wine have been linked with longevity and good health.  I just read in NPR news that young Italians are forgoing the eating patterns of their elders and are imitating the "U.S. diet".  The result is soaring obesity, just like in the United States.

According the the article, young Italians ages 6-12 are sitting in front of the TV and are eating fast foods and soda.  In just three generations, the eating habits and activity of kids has changed from their healthy grandparents.  Italian health officials say obesity is reaching epidemic proportions.

Part of the diet changes are a result of the global industrial diet of meat, fat and sugar.  These cheap foods are in abundance and actually make "Mediterranean" food look expensive.  Fish, olive oil, fresh vegetables and fresh fruit are more expensive than a McDonalds hamburger.  A 16 oz coke can be bought for a dollar in the U.S. (about $.71 eu).  I haven't seen an Italian supermarket lately but in the U.S. you can always find huge containers of soft drinks on sale.

I find these changes rather sad to read about.  We can only hope that parents, educators and even our governments will start putting resources into education, quit subsidizing the corn industry and  try to turn these bad eating habits around.

4 comments:

Raymond Bouchayer said...

Terrible , but with the worldwide economy the way it is ,fast food industries are making tones of money selling cheap meals that are full of fat ,corn syrup , sugar , salt and other chemicals . They are not "happy meals " they are "deadly meals"

chandra said...

Thanks for the wonderful Mediterranean Diet! loved it..
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Anonymous said...

prolly going to try this diet out next, can't lose these last few pounds for anything =(

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