The Perestroika Diet


What happens when you take the population of an entire country and force them to decrease their food intake from an average of 2,899 calories per day to 1,863 at the same time as the percentage of physically active adults doubles?

After a decade or so, the prevalence of obesity is halved, diabetes deaths decline by 51% and those attributed to heart disease drop 35%, according to a study published last month in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Cubans were the subjects of this "experiment." During the economic collapse following the breakup of the Soviet Union and curtailment of its financial support for the Castro regime, food and fuel shortages forced the islands residents to eat less and walk more. A sound national health program, regardless of your political philosophy.

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