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Bad Dietary Choices Impact The Entire Society

May 21, 2011: 09:58 AM EST
Most Americans do not base their food decisions on nutritional factors, according to clinical dietitian Timi Gustafson R.D., despite concerns about being overweight. It’s a confusing and contradicting situation. Part of the problem is that Americans are fed up with conflicting dieting and weight loss advice, and have become more accepting of their physical condition. Among the discouraging tends: dietary fat content remains undiminished – cheese is highly popular – and the vast majority of Americans don’t eat recommended daily servings of fresh fruits or vegetables. Almost 20 percent of the calories in the average daily diet come from snacks. Half of young adults skip breakfast every day. This situation is not sustainable, Gustafson says, because the consequences of the obesity lifestyle will be a huge burden on the healthcare system.
Timi Gustafson, RD, "Despite of the Obesity Crisis, the Eating Habits of Most Americans Remain Unchanged", Seattle Pi, May 21, 2011, © Hearst Seattle Media, LLC
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