Russian Diet, Never Considered Healthy, Gets Blame for Obesity, Heart Disease

Russian Diet, Never Considered Healthy, Gets Blame for Obesity, Heart Disease

Fatty sausages, pancakes, vodka and occasionally caviar are all part of the traditional Russian diet. Doctors say it is far from the healthiest in the world and that the rate of heart disease in Russia is high — the second highest in the world. Official news media report 16 million Russians have cardiovascular disease. But with the Russian economy shrinking in the midst of low oil prices and a global financial slowdown, Russian health authorities see an opportunity to change the nation’s eating habits. Anya Ardayeva reports from Moscow.


  1. Dag Mak on December 1, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Every region of Russia has at one point or another had experienced severe famine since the beginning of the modern era. The indigenous Yakuts and Chukchi were repeatedly starved by greedy Slavs and Cossacks during the Russian colonization of the eastern frontier. More recently, however, are the descendants of the people who experienced the Great War, Stalin’s collectivization program, the Siege of Leningrad, and the Great Patriotic War in the West, and the Russian Civil War in Siberia and the Russian Far East. If you don’t get enough to eat, your kids and grandkids will have genetics that slash their caloric needs quite a bit. The citizens of St. Petersburg are the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of people who survived the hellish three years. They can only eat a little bit of food before gaining weight because their grandparents literally ate paper for three years. It’s called a thrifty gene, and it’s also affecting descendants of many of the Jews who survived Hitler’s genocide. Recent famines is something that needs to be addressed, too.

  2. f12 on December 1, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Fast food my people

  3. Ok Wtfjajajajaj on December 1, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    it’s 100 percent fast food to blame.

  4. Lana Grinev on December 1, 2021 at 2:09 pm

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  5. Anglichanen on December 1, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    strange report. I found very few people over weight in Russia. Very few fat women compared to the UK