Home Health Parents News Now A Mediterranean Diet May Keep Kids Slimmer A Mediterranean Diet May Keep Kids Slimmer By Hannah Werthan May 28, 2014 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print kid eating veggies 30946 Researchers looked at the weight and eating habits of more than 9,000 children in eight countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and Sweden. The youngsters' weight and body fat were checked at the start of the study and again two years later. Swedish children scored highest and those in Italy were second in terms of following a Mediterranean-style diet, while youngsters in Cyprus were least likely to follow the diet, according to Dr. Gianluca Tognon of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and colleagues. "The promotion of a Mediterranean dietary pattern is no longer a feature of Mediterranean countries," the researchers said. "Considering its potential beneficial effects on obesity prevention, this dietary pattern should be part of [European Union] obesity prevention strategies and its promotion should be particularly intense in those countries where low levels of adherence are detected." The study was scheduled for presentation Tuesday at the European Congress on Obesity in Bulgaria. Until they're published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, findings presented at meetings are usually considered preliminary. Cook an easy one-pot meal tonight and shop kids' feeding sets. Image via Shutterstock. By Hannah Werthan Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment A Mediterranean Diet May Keep Kids Slimmer Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.