A study published in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders in December 2015 shows that less than half of Italians follow the traditional Mediterranean diet tailored around seasonal fresh fruit, olive oil, and seafood. The decline in popularity is stemming primarily from the younger generation, which prefers a “Western” diet consisting of high amounts of red meat.
This shift in eating styles is of concern for the health of Italians. A Mediterranean diet has been linked to a lower incidence of heart disease and strokes. As Italians have shifted to a Western diet, the obesity rate is on the rise and the number of unexplained Italian deaths has increased. (The Local – Italy, 1).
“Italy’s Youth Shun the Mediterranean Diet.” The Local (Italy). 29 December 2015.