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Last month the NHS in the UK said urgent action is needed in the UK to tackle obesity. Now, this week, doctors in the UK have said that the healthiest diet is a Mediterranean diet. So, what is a Mediterranean diet? As I live in Cyprus, in the eastern Mediterranean, I thought I should look into this, after all, when in Rome and all that.

First things first. Where I live there’s a world famous fast food outlet just down the road which is much loved by Cypriots on Saturdays and Sundays especially, but it’s usually very busy any time of the day and any day of the week. That’s not to say all who go in there eat burgers and fries, there are some other healthy meals as well, so the advertising tells us. But not much evidence of a Mediterranean diet there.

Then we have diabetes. The rate of diabetes in adults in Cyprus is on average higher than elsewhere in Europe and that is mainly in men. Which indicates a poor diet. No sign of a Mediterranean diet helping there.

In 2012 it was reported that the Greek/Mediterranean diet was amongst the most healthy ways to eat in the world. Plenty of fresh fruit, olive oil and vegetables all helped to keep those on such a diet healthy. But there is now evidence, particularly among children, that Cyprus is shunning this healthy form of eating… to the detriment of their health.

The point is, people’s habits change and it’s all well and good saying a Mediterranean diet is good for you, but from where I stand in Cyprus, that way of life is quickly being supplanted by fast food and that most definitely is not what I would call a Mediterranean diet.

Tom Kane © 2017

As a English expat author living in Cyprus, you may think my life revolves around cocktails by the pool. You would be wrong. In ten years on the island I’ve had my fair share of adventures and interesting experiences.

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