There has been a change in the frequency of conditions doctors treat in Crete. Past conditions were colds. Whereas, nowadays doctors are treating patients for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes . An altered diet has resulted in an obesity epdemic and associated ailments.
The Mediterranean diet, with an emphasis on fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, and olive oil, has been swamped by pizza shops, ice cream parlours, fast food set ups and soda machines.
The Mediterranean diet, with related longer life spans as well as reduced rates of cancer and heart disease, is on the decline in its place of origin.
The Mediterranean diet is more likely to be consumed in restaurants in New York and London than by younger generations in Mediterranean countries like Greece, where 60% plus of children are overweight, with health effects on the increase.
Greeks used to live until they were 100. However, it looks likely that the longevity of the younger generations is going to be less than their parents.
Greece, Spain, Morocco and Italy have requested that the Mediterranean diet out to be designated an "intangible piece of cultural heritage," which highlights its value as well the potential of its extinction.
Furthermore, the United Nations confirms that 75 per cent of Greek adults are obese or overweight, which is the worst rate in Europe.
Moreover, 50% of adults are overweight in Spain and Italy, with 45 percent of adults being overweight in France and the Netherlands .
Changing Diet in Mediterranean Affects Health
Wed, 24 Sep 2008
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