By Annette Chrysostomou
In terms of overall fat consumption, Cyprus was ranked fifth worldwide according to recent research by Credit Suisse into dietary fat consumption and its implications.
Spain tops the list, with the proportion of dietary energy derived from fat standing at 45 per cent. It is followed by Australia, Samoa, France and Cyprus with 41 per cent.
Though there is a correlation between obesity and fat intake, recent studies have shown that the amount of fat a person eats is not as directly linked with how fat they are as once thought.
The data from Credit Suisse lends support to those findings. But there are some correlations between the data on obesity and fat consumption: Spain and Australia, for example, both at the top of this list, have fairly high obesity rates.
However, the USA, the country with the most obese people, is number twelve on the list of fat intake. Sugar is attributed as the main cause of obesity, often causing diabetes too.
It is also not just the amount of fat in the diet but more how much a person eats overall. It is now recommended by health experts to eat up to 30 per cent of one’s diet in the form of fat. It is advised though, to replace saturated fat with healthier fat such as vegetable oil. So Cypriots are well advised to keep using olive oil.