Chronic diseases are not the inevitable lot of humankind. They are the result of the changing pattern of human development. We could readily prevent them, had we the will to do so.David Barker, Ph.D., from Public Health, 2012
What’s wrong with the average American diet? Too much and too little. We consume too much salt, fat, sugar and calories and too little nutrients from fresh whole fruits and vegetables.
Three-quarters of Americans don’t eat the recommend five to nine daily servings of fruits and vegetables. More than half exceed the recommendations for protein and grain consumption, but this is made up of red meat, high-fat dairy and refined carbohydrates,
It won’t surprise anyone to hear that boys and girls are very different creatures, but to find that these differences are noticeable at the earliest stages of development has surprised even scientists. Differences in growth patterns are seen from the moment of fertilization and have long-term implications for adult health.
Upon fertilization, an egg is already carrying the entire genetic blueprint of a new individual, including the sex,
When will we decide to conquer chronic disease? The moment that we realize the future’s not only in our genes; it’s also in our hands.
“We all have a role to play in a food revolution that has the power to reduce or wipe out chronic disease in future generations.”Kent Thornburg, Ph.D.
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were recently released. They have been the source of much public debate since the original report on which the guidelines are based was released almost a year ago. The final report has ignited a flurry of opinions and commentary from health professionals, media outlets, special interest groups and others.
So what’s all the fuss about? Every five years the federal government updates the guidelines to reflect the latest research on what Americans should eat as part of a nutritionally sound diet to promote health and prevent chronic disease.