According to a study published in The Lancet, the Italian women are among the thinnest in Europe. These are also the only ones in Europe to be thinner today than in 1980.
With a BMI (body mass index) of 24.8, the Italians came second in Europe, just behind the Swiss and tied with the French. But they have an advantage over all others: they are the only western European women to be thinner now than in 1980.
Scientists suggest several reasons for this phenomenon. The Italians are greater today than thirty years ago, which in average weight, allows a lower average BMI.
But the main reason is that the Italians now give more attention to their beauty and their health throughout their lives. What results is a cultural change and sociological depth.
To this must be added the increasing number of campaigns to raise awareness of exercise and a resurgence of the Mediterranean diet, good for the line and for cardiovascular health.