Mediterranean children are ditching famous local diet for sweets and junk food

The 'Mediterranean diet', originating in southern Europe, includes high consumption of olive oil, fruits, and vegetables and a low consumption of meat. Though not proven to be beneficial, it's considered a healthy diet that has kept southern Europeans healthy for thousands of years.

But that's rapidly changing. A new study shows that children in southern Europe are eating less traditional food and more junk food and candy, resulting in a leap in child obesity rates. Spain, Greece and Italy are showing 40% overweight rates among both boys and girls, compared to a a 25% average (20% for girls) rate in the rest of Europe.

The researchers add that the nation which is now closest to the traditional Mediterranean diet is actually Sweden. On a positive note, they say that Mediterranean countries understand the problem and are starting to address it in education.

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