By Giovanni Vecchi
Recounts the evolution of the health of the Italians - from rags to riches - over the past hundred and fifty years. Giovanni Vecchi blends financial principles with newly-constructed historic statistics on a footing which money owed for the old context.
summary: Recounts the evolution of the health of the Italians - from rags to riches - over the past hundred and fifty years. Giovanni Vecchi blends financial rules with newly-constructed old statistics on a footing which money owed for the old context
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With other things being equal, the calorie requirement of a population depends on its composition in terms of gender and age. 4 shows the so-called demographic pyramids at the end of the first year of the new Kingdom of Italy (1861, upper panel) and for the most recent year (2014, lower panel). The demographic pyramid describes the distribution of a population by age and gender: from the graph, for example, we can see that in 1861 the number of girls aged 0–4 years was a little under 7 percent (a percentage similar to boys of the same age), while in 2014 it was slightly over 2 percent (still similar to the percentage of boys in that year).
Since, over the postunification years, most of the population has set aside the spade for a computer keyboard, it is reasonable to try to allow for these changes when calculating calorie requirements. 5 Lifestyle changes also due to transformations in nonwork activities that today are significantly less physically demanding than in the past: think of the effect of electrical appliances in household chores (the washing machine and dishwasher, first and foremost, but also food processors and the like), or the means of transportation available today compared to 150 years ago.
8 36 M e a su r i ng W ellbein g micronutrients (minerals and vitamins). In this section we shall focus on the availability of macronutrients and not deal with micronutrients: measurement of the latter’s availability is too sensitive to the way food is preserved and prepared—aspects on which information is lacking—to attempt any long-term quantitative evaluation. 8 shows the composition of the Italians’ diet according to the number of average grams available per person, per day, and per category of macronutrients.