Greece fat girls

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This is a common question many people ask me, when they find out who I am and what I do. A recent article from the European Food Information Council EUFIC reminded us of what we already know: Europeans are gaining more weight and Greeks in particular have some of the highest rates of obesity. Obviously this is not something I am not aware of, it is actually one of the reasons I started blogging. I wish it were all that olive oil, I wish Greeks would use only olive oil. The original Mediterranean Diet was based on the diet of Greece, Crete and southern Italy, and now these very areas are the ones with the highest obesity rates.

Greeks moved away from the villages, moved to the big cities and started eating processed and packaged foods. Fear of starvation. Yes it may sound like an exaggeration, but because of all the hardship, wars, poverty, starvation that Greeks have been through over the years, the fear of starvation is still lingering today, especially in older generations. For them a healthy person was someone with a belly, a healthy child was a chubby child. If you could afford it, meat should be on the table every day. Beans and vegetables were for the poor and less fortunate. Nutrition confusion. While Greeks know that their traditional Greek-Mediterranean diet is healthy, they are getting mixed messages from the media, the food industry and various experts.

For years now we have heard that we should reduce our fat intake particularly saturated fat. Margarine was promoted as a healthier alternative to butter. But for Greece, these rules were irrelevant and did not apply: Greeks did not consume large amounts of butter or saturated fats, since olive oil was their main source of fat.

In addition, they had some of the lowest rates of heart disease. But yet, today many Greeks are limiting themselves to 2 teaspoons of olive oil a day, using margarine in their cooking, and eating plenty of meat and following an Atkins style diet in an effort to lose weight….

Women began working and either do not cook and order out, or cook quick meals based on meat and starch. Formula is promoted aggressively on so many levels. Unfortunately here too processed foods, special milk, special yogurt, special cookies have been marketed to parents as a healthier and safer choice for their children. And finally a very important fact: Greeks are less active. More money, more cars, less time has lead to less activity.

A simple example: as recently as 20 years ago, large supermarkets with parking lots were not very common, shopping was done on a daily basis on foot from the local open market and the local grocery store, even in big cities. Today cars are used for every little errand. So my point is that the traditional Greek diet has nothing to do with the rise of obesity in Greece.

The rest of those calories were from fruits, vegetables, beans and fish. She has been active as a clinician, consultant and lecturer for 20 years, both in the U. Thanks for the explanation. It is indeed ironic. As an American, it always strikes me as an insult. There are so many options in a supermarket here or even a fast-food place. Your reasoning for the switch in Greek attitude toward food and activity as a function of wealth and being too busy makes sense.

I participated in a volunteer vacation living with two scientists and four other volunteers to study the Dolphins on the Gulf of Ambrasia. The field house we lived in was in the village of Vonitsa Bovitoa pop. I took a local bus from Athens to reach this village which was a five hour bus ride through the mountains and sea coast picking up locals on the way. My experience in Greece was so different than you describe. Olive oil with a wine vinegar mister was always on our table.

We were all from different countries and took turns cooking. We all were impressed at the freshness of the food every day. I never, even in Athens, saw any junk food being sold snacks etc. We bought freshly made ice cream from the ice cream stores and little Greek pastries from the bakeries for snacks. Even the Greek cafes had delicious fresh foods everywhere. Obviously, this is only a small part of Greece.

Arley thanks for sharing your positive experience, it sounds wonderful. Although in all the large towns and cities, you do not need to look further than the local kiosk periptero to see unhealthy snacks being sold. That being said Greece has a higher rate of overweight rather than obesity as you see in the U. But while there is junk food in Italian supermarkets, there is much less than in French, Dutch or British supermarkets and certainly North American supermarkets. People are eating more then they were with less activity then their ancenstors. Your article here does a bit of romanticism on tradition.

Thanks for your comment Manos. While we both agree that physical activity is one of the reasons I mention it in my article as well. I would disagree on the nutrition aspect, studies in Crete as well as colleagues researchers, nutritionists who work in Crete and experience firsthand the situation who I have interviewed, have shown that people in Crete as in the rest of Greece are simply eating a more Westernized diet more meat, more processed foods etc.

I mean, look at the paintings from the ancient times. The women depicted on those paintings are fat! I am not sure to what paintings you are referring to, but if you look at the art, women are definitely not depicted overweight. But that may depend on what you consider overweight. Objectively though I have not seen women depicted as overweight in ancient Greek art. Women depicted in classical statuary or paintings were either idealised goddesses or ruling-class ladies. Often slightly plump but not obese women were considered the ideal in societies with general scarcity, as they were considered more fertile.

What I have observed is this: Greeks, especialy women, are allergic to the gym. Their diet consists mostly of things made with white flour, sugar, butter,oil and salt. A lot of women believe that housework IS exercise, if that was the case they would all look like Olympic gymnasts. I know women who are so averse to working out they prefer to starve instead, however, starvation does not work because eventually they give in and start bingeing on the wrong foods and end up putting all the weight that they lost back on, plus more.

They would rather have a root canal than hit the gym. I m 51 and work out with weights, machines and body weight exercises 5 times a week, also, I eat lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, healthy fats, vegetables and fruit. Thank you Helen for your comments and congrats on working out. Although, I do not agree with the stereotyping. There are many reasons as I explained for this phenomenon. And until recently, Greeks walked a lot, they did not have large super markets which meant trips to the local market every day carrying heavy bags etc. Also housework is a physical activity.

Traditionally the mediterranean people who lived so long had a lifestyle that was very active which included housework, walking, swimming in the summer, working in the fields etc. Laurie, Thanks! Unfortunately most Greeks do not fast as they did years ago. For the most part they only fast during the holy week. Mostly elderly people follow the fast strictly for over days a year. And yes you are correct, there are several studies that show that people who fast have certain health benefits.

I discuss this in an older post here. Very interesting article! One question I have is — how observant are mostgreeks re: the fasting rules of the Orthodox Church? Aregreeks more or less strictly observant than in the past or about the same? It seems to me that the more observantgreeks would generally be healthier — essentially vegan diet for about half of the year, counting Wednesdays, Fridays, the longer fasting periods such ashtray Lent, etc. Just curious —. No wonder the Greek cuisine is so healthy! Imagine Americans eating vegetable dishes for a main course?! All one needs to do is saute the veggies in your own olive oil and voila!

Even the dill is included in the mix!

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Prevalence of overweight and abdominal obesity in Greek children years old: from the National Epidemiological Survey