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The Mediterranean Diet by Ronald Ross Watson, Victor R. Preedy

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Chapter 28

The Mediterranean Diet and Adiposity

Denis Lairon, PhD denis.lairon@univ-amu.fr    Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France

Abstract

Mediterranean populations are now experiencing alarmingly high rates of overweight and obesity in adults and children. During the last two decades, numerous epidemiological surveys have shown that adherence to a traditional Mediterranean diet is negatively associated with overweight and obesity, however, and several intervention trials have indicated that the Mediterranean dietary pattern helps to maintain or reduce body weight more effectively than other mixed diets do. Several food and nutrient items have been specifically identified as producing this effect, and the combination of these items ...

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