Leaner times lead­ing more cit­i­zens to obe­sity, ex­perts say

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Aus­ter­ity has led to Greeks gain­ing in­stead of shed­ding pounds, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts at the Hel­lenic Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion for Obe­sity (HMAO) who have warned of the health risks of an in­crease in the con­sump­tion of cheap fast food.

A study car­ried out by the HMAO on pri­mary school chil­dren last year re­vealed that 40 per­cent were over­weight com­pared to 30 per­cent in 2003. The in­crease is sim­i­lar for adults who have changed their shop­ping habits to save money. “One would ex­pect that, due to the cri­sis, con­sump­tion would fall but the op­po­site is hap­pen­ing,” the gen­eral sec­re­tary of HMAO, Efthimios Ka­pan­tais told Kathimerini, not­ing that Greeks were buy­ing “cheap, bad qual­ity food with a high calo­rie count.”

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