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Weight woes grow as local cuisine dumped November 14, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Greece, Health & Fitness.
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Weight problems among Greek children have spread beyond city limits and hit youngsters in regional areas where the Mediterranean cuisine is gradually being abandoned, according to research made public yesterday.

The survey conducted by the Aristides Daskalopoulos Institute found that one in two children between the ages of 7 and 12 in rural areas are overweight. One in 10 of these children eat takeaway food at least five times a week, which normally includes a souvlaki, while only half include fruit and vegetables in their daily diet.

According to the survey, just 10 percent of children include traditional Mediterranean cuisine in their diet, while the corresponding figure in Spain stands at 46 percent. The survey questioned 1,300 children from all over Greece.

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