Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic. Obesity rates in Italian children are among the highest in Europe. What may come as a bit of a surprise as it is happening in Mediterranean countries where the diet, in part, accounts for the longevity and good health found in past generations.
It seems unfortunate that the people of the Mediterranean are abandoning a style of eating that has so many health benefits. It consists mostly of grains, fruits, beans, and vegetables. This style of eating includes little meat and plenty of olive oil.
The problem is not confined to Italy. Spain and Greece are also abandoning the traditional Mediterranean diet and lifestyle.
Childhood obesity is particularly worrying because overweight paves the way to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. But obesity does not only affect the children’s physical health but can also damage them psychologically!