A crisis that can no longer be ignored

More than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese–mostly due to poor diet and lack of physical activity. As of 2011, nearly 26 million people have diabetes (8.3% of the population). Hot off the press, the 7th edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans places stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity in an effort to help Americans maintain a healthy weight, reduce their risk of chronic diseases (like diabetes) and promote overall health. Specific recommendations include:

  • Reduce sodium intake to 1500 mg per day for those who have diabetes
  • Reduce intake of solid fats and sugars
  • Limit refined grains
  • Consume less than 300 mg cholesterol per day
  • Increase fruits and vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange-colored
  • Increase intake of fat-free and low-fat dairy products (calcium and vitamin D are nutrients of concern in the American population)
  • Increase the amount and variety of seafood in the diet to at least 8 to 12 ounces per week

Read more about the newest Dietary Guidelines here, and then post your comments for our readers!  What do you think?  Which of these goals are you meeting already?  If it seems overwhelming or you don’t know how to start incorporating them into your lifestyle, schedule an appointment with one of our Registered, Licensed Dietitians (314-525-4508).  They are experts in nutrition and can help make these recommendations work for you.

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