- (informal) Derisive term referring to starvation in Venezuela (perceived to be) due to policies implemented by president Maduro.
2017, Alexander Parker, Tim Richman, 50 People Who Messed up the World, →ISBN, page 72:
- Long-forgotten diseases such as diphtheria had returned, along with malnutrition; 'the Maduro diet' led to three-quarters of the population losing eight kilograms or more in 2016.
2016, The Week, page 8:
- During a nationally televised speech this week, Maduro asked an audience member why he was so skinny, and one woman shouted out “the Maduro diet”—a common phrase among increasingly hungry Venezuelans.
2017, Mariana Zuñiga and Nick Miroff, Venezuela’s paradox: People are hungry, but farmers can’t feed them:
- This collective emaciation is referred to dryly here as “the Maduro diet,” but it’s a level of hunger almost unheard-of outside war zones or areas ravaged by hurricane, drought or plague.