USDA guidelines to shed obesity


No matter how you cut it, obesity is  one of the leading threat to public health in the United States as per a panel expert.  I don’t think this is a new discovery.  It has been reported over and over again that Americans will have to reduce intake of calories and increase their physical activities.  I don’t know how many more committees need to spread this message across like a recent advisory committee on 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 

The report was prepared by a 13-member panel of national nutrition and health experts based on the latest scientific evidence. The public has 30 days to comment at

The major steps recommended by the committee are:

  • Reduce excess weight and obesity
  • Shift to a more plant-based diet
  • Significantly reduce intake of foods
  • Meet the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans 

For more details you can browse the article: Panel: Obesity is century’s greatest public health threat

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I know now that the dietary
guidelines were first published in 1980 and are updated every five years. The fact that struck me is that the nutrition advice has not changed in last 30 years.  As per Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at center of science in Public interest, a consumer group based in Washington, D.C.; the change that has occurred is that it is harder and harder to eat well. 

I think we have heard a phrase, you become what you eat.  So eat healthy and stay healthy.  Along with that add daily exercise to your routine, which can be as simple as taking a walk for half an hour. 

Healthy Eating!!

One Response

  1. of obesity says:

    of obesity is an incredibly worrying subject to me a I was overweight as a child and found it so hard to deal with the taunting and lack of confidence it left me with. So I was intrigued by your post USDA dietary guidelines reemphasized obesity problem | Healthy Living and actually suggested to my daughter that she read it too. I wouldn’t necessarily agree with everything you say but there are some very valid points.

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