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Mediterranean diet 'best way to tackle obesity'

17 November 2014 Last updated at 19:12 GMT

A Mediterranean diet may be a better way of tackling obesity than calorie counting, leading doctors have said.

Writing in the Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ), the doctors said a Mediterranean diet quickly reduced the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

And they suggested it may be better than low-fat diets for sustained weight loss.

The BBC's health correspondent Branwen Jeffreys reports.

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