Abandoning the healthy Mediterranean diet for fast food is making Greeks fat so fast that most will be overweight in 15 years.
A study by the World Health Organization (WHO) presented in Prague found that 77 percent of Greek men and 67 percent of women will be overweight by 2030.
An estimated 77 percent of Greek men are predicted to be overweight in 15 years and 67 percent of women, health experts have warned.
Greeks for generations had favored foods with olive oil, fruits, vegetables and nuts, but more have turned to fast food on the run and as low-income households hammered by a fiscal crisis and austerity measures can afford only cheap, high-caloric foods mostly.
Greek children also have extraordinarily high rates of obesity, with one in three falling into categories of being overweight.
The report found that despite more trends toward healthier eating and falling sales at some major fast food chains such as McDonald’s that in 53 countries studied the proportion of obese men and women will more than double from 20 percent to about 40 percent.
Being overweight is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9. Obesity – a growing cause of disease and disability around the world – starts with a BMI of 30.
Other countries found facing growing obesity problems include Ireland, Spain, Austria and the Czech Republic. The Dutch are the thinnest.