'The Mediterranean diet is gone': region's children are fattest in Europe

The diet Greece, Spain and Italy are famous for – rich in fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil – is supposedly the healthiest in the world, but obesity is rocketing

For kids in Greece, Spain and Italy, the Mediterranean diet is dead, according to the World Health Organisation, which says that children in Sweden are more likely to eat fish, olive oil and tomatoes than those in southern Europe.

In Cyprus, a phenomenal 43% of boys and girls aged nine are either overweight or obese. Greece, Spain and Italy also have rates of over 40%. The Mediterranean countries which gave their name to the famous diet that is supposed to be the healthiest in the world have children with Europe’s biggest weight problem.

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