The Mediterranean diet, since childhood, can prevent children from developing many diseases, from diabetes to obesity, up to cancer. And the educational intervention of the family pediatrician is essential to ‘root’ a correct eating style of the child and his family. This was recalled by the experts of the Italian Federation of pediatric doctors at the XIV National Congress Fimp, ongoing until tomorrow in virtual mode, an appointment in which one of the key themes is the correct nutrition of children and the effects that eating habits have on health, short and long term.
“From one of our studies – reveals Raffaella de Franchis, food and nutrition area of the Fimp – the importance of the Mediterranean diet emerges strongly, for the overall well-being of the child, but also to prevent him from developing diseases such as celiac disease or Crohn’s and other chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, obesity, degenerative diseases and tumors, all of which are dramatically increasing in children. An approach that also intervenes in determining the constitution of the correct intestinal microbiome, the one that the person will carry on throughout his life “.
“The Mediterranean diet – adds Mattia Doria – is the only dietary scheme considered anti-inflammatory. It is essential, however, for it to exert its beneficial effect, that the meal is complete with each segment that composes it. How to root it in the correct lifestyles ? Remembering that already through breastfeeding, traces of the flavor of some foods are left and eliminating, in the first months of life, the sugary flavors. The food style of the child and the family unit depends on the precocity of the educational intervention of the family pediatrician “.