Some things I have noted though include:
1. most people skip breakfast, they may have a coffee on the way to work at a cafe
2. Coffee is at worst a latte- I have not seen a single chain coffee shop and certainly not a syrupy whipped cream beverage in sight.
3. They hardly drink sodas- water or wine for lunch, an espresso with desert.
4. Even bread and pasta is hand made daily- no chemicals, preservatives, E numbers etc
5. The snacks are decent- olives, hard cheese, cured meat, dried fish
6. Everyone takes pride in their food, small shops make everything themselves- its about quality not profit.
&. Alcohol consumption is low to moderate
Now if they kept the quality high and cut the carbs down may be they would be in even better shape. I would agree though with the OP that for a lot of people just cutting out the chemicals and processed food (non-artisan bread though I would put in the processed food category, especially as it tends to be consumed in quantity) is 50% of the battle, then controlling grains, carb ratios, exercise etc is the other 50%.