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Childhood obesity is high in home of Mediterranean diet
When a person’s body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person's weight by the square of the person's height, is over 30 kg/m2, he or she is classified as obese, and if the index ranges between 25-30 kg/m2, they are considered overweight. So, a person who weighs heavier than another whose height is the same, or a person who weighs the same but shorter in height, has higher BMI.
A new study from the World Health Organization has revealed that children in the Mediterranean diet region, such as Greece, Italy, and Spain, have higher BMI than those who live in northern part of Europe. Since the Mediterranean diet is considered healthy and prevents cardiovascular diseases and Type 2 diabetes, the results were surprising to many.
Typically, the Mediterranean diet includes a lot of colorful vegetables olive oil, a modest intake of fish, and little dairy foods, red meat, and sweets.
Then, why do children in the healthy diet are becoming fatter? Change in lifestyle or eating habits? Whichever the cause is, childhood obesity raises the risk of adult obesity and other diseases later in their lives.
Enjoy reading and think if the difference in height of children in different regions might also have affected the data.