The diet unfortunately is being abandoned by many. We're starting to see a children obesity problem.
Another factor could be the universal healthcare system. Also we still take decent care of our seniors.
I just read from Italians the same thing that I've been hearing in Spain for few years: do not burn your food, specially oil, since it's related to cancer.
It still seems to be one of the best available though.
I hope you are right and medicine becomes more of an exact science.
We do too (for a given value of decent). We are UK and you are probably JP(?)
Please don't assume I know where you come from - that cough right is generally reserved for Americans.
with soybean sauce and MSG used in so many dishes, I am afraid to say that the diet is never a good one to start with.