Obesity and the New Dietary Guidelines
June 15, 2010
“The DGAC [Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee] considers the obesity epidemic to be the single greatest threat to public health in this century.”
“Everything within this Report is presented through the filter of an obesegenic environment in critical need of change. This is especially true in regard to American children whose incidence of obesity has tripled in the past five years.”
“Across all age, gender and ethnic groups, it is clear that urgent and systems-wide efforts are needed to address America’s obesity epidemic as top priority.”
Three different quotes, all from the same Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americians, 2010. The Report says halting the obesity problem can be achieved through:
1. Primary prevention
2. Behavior changes
3. Environmental changes
4. Food supply changes.
The Report underscores what we already know: our children need change! Join me over the next few weeks as we explore how you can take action to fight childhood obesity from where you are.
Until July 15th, 2010, you may submit written and oral comments on the Report. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will be released later this year by the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services.