Government Offers New Dietary Guidelines To Fight Obesity

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal officials unveiled new dietary guidelines for Americans today that place a stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity. More than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.

“The 2010 Dietary Guidelines are being released at a time when the majority of adults and one in three children is overweight or obese and this is a crisis that we can no longer ignore,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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“These new and improved dietary recommendations give individuals the information to make thoughtful choices of healthier foods in the right portions and to complement those choices with physical activity. The bottom line is that most Americans need to trim our waistlines to reduce the risk of developing diet-related chronic disease. Improving our eating habits is not only good for every individual and family, but also for our country.”

The new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans focus on balancing calories with physical activity, and encourage Americans to consume more healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood, and to consume less sodium, saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and refined grains.

“Helping Americans incorporate these guidelines into their everyday lives is important to improving the overall health of the American people,” said Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. “The new Dietary Guidelines provide concrete action steps to help people live healthier, more physically active and longer lives.”

Some of the recommendations include:

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines are available at www.dietaryguidelines.gov.


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