Whenever the topic of diet comes up, at some point the Mediterranean diet appears. Why? The reason, it is a healthy diet. But one only has to watch a travelogue on tv, if it is in the Mediterranean there will be people who are the same build as the rest of us. Thick waistline etc. Do they exercise more? Are they more laid back than us?
In years gone by there were millions of tons of coal produced on little more than bread and fat. Millions of tons of shipping produced on little more than bread and fat. Millions of tons of steel produced etc. etc. One reason why most people in old photos appear slim was down to exercise and lack of food.These people had a very active lifestyle, no cars, little public transport, hard physical work, far more walking than us, and so on. Their health problems were probably more to do with a lack of vitamins and minerals.
During the last war, food was rationed, the rations were designed to provide sufficient calories to keep the nation healthy and able to work. There was no mention of a Mediterranean diet. Meat, potato and two veg was the order of the day. Bread played a large part in diet, but would not be what is passed off as bread today.
Do people confuse body shape with body size? Genetics play a part, shire horse, racing thoroughbred horse. Different size, shape, both getting plenty of exercise and a good diet.
We should all probably eat less, move more, and be less concerned with our body shape. Nutrition is a very complex science, experts do not always agree.
Going back to the Mediterranean diet, could someone answer, where do Inuit people get their five a day? Where do dessert nomads get their oily fish? who came up with the idea of five a day?