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Posted by BayliHochstein On November - 13 - 2010 1 Comment

Ciao Angela!

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When I went to Italy, the first thing (well, one of the first things) I saw was the very obvious prevalence of gelato in the Italian culture. In America, ice cream is also a major part of the diet, but it is not a part of the culture. In Italy, the whole family goes out to eat gelato and walks while eating it, while in America, families like to pig out while watching t.v. Eating ice-cream is not the main event- just a side dish for something else. I wonder if the American way of eating ice-cream (and other sugary sweets) has rubbed off on Italians because diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent in Italy. I came across this sign in the window of a gelateria that said that the owners served gelato that was sugar-less and lactose free for lactose-intolerant people and for diabetics. I am curious if the shopowners saw these two medical problems on the rise, or if they themselves are diabetic or lactose-intolerant, and that is why they decided to alter the ingredients of their gelato. If the prevalence of diabetes continues to rise in Italy, will the family gelato-social event continue?

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  1. Jackie says:

    Physical Activity in the Piazza:
    The passeggiata is a leisurely walk that Italians often do after dinner or on weekends, often with their spouse and kids. During my observations in town square, I often saw the kids out of the stroller, either walking along or on Mom or Dad’s shoulders, as the kids in this picture are. Lots of families were walking their dogs at this time, too. While Italians may have healthier eating habits in general than Americans, they still need to burn off their carb-rich diets. However, contrary to many Americans, they tend to take their time doing this by leisurely walking with friends and family rather than making daily trips to the gym. Italians seem to embrace physical activity inadvertently since this walk is more of a family/social activity than a mission to burn calories.

    This tradition is well rooted, and Italians tend to dress up or wear their new outfit for this nightly stroll. It’s an easy way to get the family together, see the town and chat with friends you may run in to – which seems to happen often. Businessmen also walk leisurely during Riposo, a mid-afternoon break for many businesses. During this time, it’s common to see walkers and bikers in the main piazza on their way home for a family lunch. Italians walk throughout the day and seem to also commute by foot or bike when possible. Post by Jackie Bibee.

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