Fast Food Hits Mediterranean; a Diet Succumbs

In case you haven’t seen this already, the New York Times discloses the modern paradox of the wondrous Mediterranean Diet – wondrous for anyone not living in the Mediterranean, that is:

The fact is that the Mediterranean diet, which has been associated with longer life spans and lower rates of heart disease and cancer, is in retreat in its home region. Today it is more likely to be found in the upscale restaurants of London and New York than among the young generation in places like Greece, where two-thirds of children are now overweight and the health effects are mounting, health officials say.

“This is a place where you’d see people who lived to 100, where people were all fit and trim,” says [Dr. Michalis Stagourakis]. “Now you see kids whose longevity is less than their parents’. That’s really scaring people.”

Fast Food Hits Mediterranean; a Diet Succumbs

One thought on “Fast Food Hits Mediterranean; a Diet Succumbs

  1. Doctor

    Given that it’s almost impossible to unseat fast-food restaurants once they’ve moved into a new world region, maybe we should put an emphasis on forcing fast-food restaurants to produce healthier food.

    Salads made of wilted iceberg lettuce (with heavy dressing) aren’t enough. They need to think outside the box: maybe vegetable stews or bean dishes.


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