Russia Orders Citizens to Stop Eating So Much
It is an interesting demand to place on one's countrymen but Russia has ordered its citizens to eat less. In an effort to sustain its people through a rocky recession, the government advises going back to the meat and potato Soviet days. Russians have enjoyed a decade of abundance, developing a taste for foreign cuisine, fast food and soda. Their expanding waist lines are the proof, and the government is worried.
The recommendations come as the deepening economic crisis is expected to reshape Russia's eating habits in favour of cheaper calorie-rich but nutrient-deficient staples like bread and potatoes.
"When it comes to obesity, Russian women are among the leaders in European countries," Gennady Onishchenko, head of the Federal Consumer Protection Service warned in the report entitled Healthy Nutrition on the Cheap.
Concerned not only with obesity, the government is also worried that Russia is losing its culinary heritage in favor of foreign flavors. It has issued a recommended meal schedule, and is encouraging all Russians to stick to this diet fort he sake of their country's heritage and pocketbooks.
Russians are recommended to start their day with porridge, have traditional bortsch beet soup, a vegetable salad and fish for lunch and not to forget a glass of kefir (sour milk) before bed.
The recommended diet includes approximate prices and says that an adult Russian male can enjoy healthy eating on just 2,780 rubles (77 dollars) per month, while Russian women can make do on just 2,354 rubles (66 dollars).