Two, to quote the reporter, "the industrial global diet has been dedicated to satisfying a hunger for meat, fat and sugar," the latter two of which are considered addictive by scientists. (According to scientific evidence, sugar and refined sources of carbs are probably the most harmful part of what I call the Modern Diet.) As the Verona professor says, people are abdondonign their traditional diet and ways for fast food and other things he calls "a U.S. diet." Third, people and especially children don't move as much.
Finally, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, and olive oil, fundamental parts of the Mediterranean Diet, are more expensive than McDonald's and other fast food. This report reminds me of a recent NY Time Magazine essay on the very same phenomenon but in an another part of the Mediterranean, Lebanon. Here's my blog post on the essay, and for the original essay click here.
The last line in the NPR report on the Mediterranean Diet made me feel that as people become more aware of the harmful nature of Modern Diets, and richer (may not happen soon because of how bad the economy is, but it's been the overall trend in modern history), more people will revert back to their traditional diets. Well, that's my hope.