The US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) just issued it’s new dietary guidelines. The guidelines are issued every five years, so this is the first time since 2005 that they are being updated. For the first time, the guidelines are shining a light on the obesity problem and have recommendations to help Americans fight obesity.
Here are the highlights of their recommendations. Of particular interest is section D, where they get down to the details of their recommendations.
♦The first two sections encourages us all to eat healthy foods, and offers guidance on how to achieve that goal.
♦The third section begins to address SoFAS. The cute government name for not so cute “foods.” Solid Fats and Added Sugars. The committee actually encourages people to AVOID sugar-sweetened beverages. Not just suggests they limit the amount they drink, but avoid them altogether. That should be interesting for soda manufacturers and lobbyists during the public comment time to come.
♦The report also addresses the reduction of childhood obesity by trying to prevent the problem from happening in the first place.
I have to admit that I am encouraged by these recommendations. I am not a big government person, but having these guidelines can serve as a starting point and open up a dialogue concerning the sad state of Americans. When 66% of the adults in our country are medically overweight or obese that is a problem. Add to it the number of children who also struggle and there really is a crisis.
What are your initial thoughts? Do you see guidelines such as these making a difference in the lives of ordinary Americans any time soon? Diane