Chronic diseases are costing American families, businesses, and government at all levels. Prevention is a powerful tool, but achieving national results has been difficult.
Today, two in three Americans are overweight or have obesity. Yet only one in eight visits with a doctor involves counseling on the benefits of a healthy diet.
A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that poor diet was the largest risk factor for death in the United States.
The legislation maintains strong nutrition standards, in keeping with a long tradition of bipartisan support for school lunch, breakfast, WIC and other child nutrition programs.
While not as specific in some areas as BPC would have liked, the guidelines’ clear limit on added sugar marks an important development in nutrition advice.