The Mediterranean diet is dead suffocated by junk food

The alarm came from the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna, and Joao Breda, head of the European Office of the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the prevention and control of chronic diseases, launched the alarm. Evidence of the death of the world-famous diet as the healthiest comes from the balance of children in the Mediterranean. In Greece, Spain and Italy more than 40% of 9-year-olds are obese or overweight, with Cyprus having as much as 43%. In short, the countries that have given their name to the world’s healthiest diet no longer actually follow it, so much so that they boast of Europe’s fittest children.

Sweets, junk food and sugary drinks have replaced traditional diet dishes, rich in fruits and vegetables, fish and extra virgin olive oil. “The Mediterranean diet for the children of these countries is dead,” said Breda in Vienna. “It’s not there anymore. And the closest to the Mediterranean diet are Swedish children. The Mediterranean diet has gone, and we must recover it. Today, children in countries around the Mediterranean eat too much sugar, fat and salt in their food, and move very little. The expert looks at European data from the report monitoring obesity. The latest figures for 2015-17 show that Tajikistan, Turkmenistran and Kazakhstan have the lowest rates of childhood obesity. But France, Norway, Latvia and Denmark also have low obesity rates, from 5% to 9%, while Ireland is at 20%.

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