Important Changes to the Dietary Guideline for Americans

Adult obesity has become a serious problem in America, and child obesity is on the rise. Complications associated to carrying too much weight that were once thought of as adult conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart attacks, are being seen in teens and preteens. One in three children are overweight in America today.

In an attempt to educate citizens and turn the obesity levels around, the USDA and HHS have released the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Department of Agriculture and the health department base the information contained in the report on the most recent scientific studies and findings. The guidelines not only outline what Americans should be consuming daily, but also include 23 recommendations to become and stay health.

The additional recommendations include eating healthy, increasing physical activity, monitoring caloric intake, and managing portion control. A new food pyramid is being designed to make identifying the best choices easy and should be released early in the year. The importance of exercise and watching caloric intake is stressed and written in the guidelines using plain terminology to make it simple to understand. Suggestions have been included to keep portion control in check, like filling half your plate with vegetable and fruit at every mealtime. This ensures you are not consuming too many grains and meats, while helping you to reach your daily intake of vegetables and fruits.

While the health department cannot come to each home and personally guarantee the new guidelines are being followed, they are rolling out several programs to help Americans gain control of their health. School lunch programs and elderly food programs are being held up to the standards of the guidelines, and advertising campaigns are underway on the television, radio and internet to make citizens aware of the updated information. In the end, it is up to each American to become acquainted with the changes, follow the recommendations, and choose to live a healthy lifestyle.

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