‘A healthy diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle is the answer to the rising tide of heart disease and stroke’

Italian football legend Gianluigi Buffon says the “sudden disappearance” of heart-healthy diets among young people in Europe is to blame for rising rates of obesity and stroke.

The 77-year-old former player, a former president of Juventus, said the trend towards “fat-free, sugar-laden, unhealthy” diets was a result of an “enormous marketing campaign”.

He told reporters on Tuesday that a new diet with less saturated fats, fewer processed foods and fewer salt and sugar was “the right one” to lead to a healthier lifestyle.

“It is a new era in health, in terms of the way we eat and in terms the health of our children and grandchildren,” he said.

The health ministry estimates that by 2030 more than 40 million people in Italy will be overweight or obese.”

The people who follow a diet of sugar and salt and high fat, unhealthy food are the ones who are going to be affected the most.”

The health ministry estimates that by 2030 more than 40 million people in Italy will be overweight or obese.