of government’s most important responsibilities is
to protect the health of its citizens. Today, about
half of all American adults (117 million people)
have one or more preventable, chronic diseases, many
of which are related to inferior eating patterns and
insufficient physical activity.
Rates of these chronic, diet-related diseases
continue to rise, and they come not only with
increased health risks, but also at high cost. In
2008, the medical costs linked to obesity in the USA
were estimated to be $147 billion. In 2012, the
total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes was $245
billion, including $176 billion in direct medical
costs and $69 billion in decreased productivity.
News is starting a new series of articles
related to the Dietary Guidelines (2015 - 2020)
published by the US Department of Health & Human
Services and the US Department of Agriculture.
We have relabeled as
Dietary Guidelines for Health & Life
in an attempt to educate and provide our readers
with alternatives to a lifetime of medications and
unending doctor visits.
are what we eat, and possibly what we don’t eat!
2015-2020 Dietary Guideline provides guidance for
choosing a healthy diet and focuses on preventing
the diet-related chronic diseases that continue to
affect populations. Its recommendations are
ultimately intended to help individuals improve and
maintain overall health and reduce the risk of
Guideline Focus is Disease Prevention, Not
Guideline also describes significant differences between
popular foods Americans currently consume and Dietary Guideline
recommendations. We can adopt healthier eating
patterns and make healthy choices in our daily lives
while enjoying foods and celebrating cultural and
than ever, we recognize the importance of focusing
not on individual nutrients or foods in isolation,
but on everything we eat and drink
eating patterns as a whole)
to bring about lasting improvements in individual
and population health.
of scientific literature, looking at healthy eating
patterns and their impact on disease prevention, is
far more robust now than ever before. Chronic
diet-related diseases continue to rise and levels of
physical activity remain low. Progress in reversing
these trends will require comprehensive and
coordinated strategies, and the Dietary Guidelines
is an important part of a complex and multifaceted
solution to promote health and help to reduce the
risk of chronic disease.
Dietary Guidelines translates science into succinct,
food-based guidance that can be relied upon to help
Americans, and other populations, choose a healthy eating pattern and
coming summer months, Trax
News will summarize the key points of the
Dietary Guidelines. Even if you are a citizen
of another country, the information will still apply
since international food corporations influence what
and how we eat!