Health By Alexandra Gagan / November 17, 2014 Often hailed as a champion against diabetes, strokes and dementia; the Mediterranean diet has now been crowned the number one way to tackle obesity. Despite often featuring foods high in calories, for instance rich cheeses and fatty meats, a new report has confirmed the worth of a balanced Mediterranean diet. While the World Health Organisation (WHO) has deemed obesity as a 21st Century pandemic, doctors writing for the Postgraduate Medical Journal have said that the focus should be on eating “healthy foods” rather than calorie counting. The report stated: “The α-linoleic acid, polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acids found in abundance in nuts, fruit, vegetables, olive oil and oily fish rapidly exert positive health effects by attenuating thrombosis and inflammation, and it is estimated that increasing population consumption of fruit and vegetables by one portion per day and nut consumption by two servings a week would prevent 5.2 million deaths from cardiovascular disease globally within just one year.” According to WHO, worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980. In 2008, over 1.4 billion adults, 20 or older, were overweight; including 42 million children under 5 being overweight or obese in 2013.