Sunday, July 17, 2011
Italians Not Following The Mediterranian Diet
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.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 11:32 PM