Obesity Threat to America: New Food Guidelines Should Focus on Whole Grains, Fruits, Veggies

The Advisory committee for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans calls obesity "the single greatest threat to public health in this century," and suggests that Americans eat a more nutrient-rich, plant-based diet.

Reuters has the scoop on the just-released report:
With two-thirds of U.S. adults overweight or obese, the aim is to help people cut unnecessary calories while getting the right nutrients, Rear Admiral Penelope Slade-Sawyer of the Health and Human Services Department told reporters in a telephone briefing.

"This report is unprecedented in addressing the obesity epidemic ... and the obesity epidemic is the single biggest threat to public heath," she said. This is especially true for children, among whom obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years.

The recommendations still emphasize moving toward a plant-based diet -- with plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables and only moderate amounts of lean meat, poultry and eggs. They also suggest decreasing sodium from the current level of less than 2,300 milligrams a day to less than 1,500.

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