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Americans Eat Unhealthy

2009-09-30 08:11

Most Americans do not eat healthy so says a government study released today. A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday found troubling results for most Americans who don’t appear to be eating the proper amount of fruits and vegetables.

The goal for the Healthy People 2010 program is to attempt to get 75 percent of Americans to try to eat the recommended two or more daily servings of fruit and for at least 50 percent of Americans to consume three or more daily servings of vegetables.

The surveys from the CDC are showing that only 33 percent of adults have achieved this goal and only 27 percent eat the recommended amount of vegetables. But wait, the statistics get worse for high school students and only 32 percent eat the recommended amount of fruit and 13 percent meet the goal for vegetables.

"A diet high in fruits and vegetables is important for optimal child growth, maintaining a healthy weight, and prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, all of which currently contribute to health care costs in the United States," Dr. William H. Dietz, director of the CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, said in a CDC news release. "This report will help states determine what is taking place in their communities and schools and come up with ways to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables," Dietz said.

"We have seen the tremendous benefit of state and local officials, health professionals, employers, food store owners, farmers, school staff, and community members working together on food and nutrition issues," CDC epidemiologist Heidi Michels Blanck said in the news release. "Their efforts can help to increase the availability of affordable healthier food choices such as fruits and vegetables."

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In another study it showed that that low-income Americans now would have to spend up to 70 percent of their food budget on fruits and vegetables to meet new national dietary guidelines for healthy eating and a second study found that in rural areas, convenience stores far outnumber supermarkets and grocery stores even though the latter carry a much wider choice of affordable, healthy foods.

This new study by the CDC showed that no U.S. state is meeting national objectives for consumption of fruits and vegetables, according to the first report to provide state-by-state data about fruit and vegetable consumption and policies that may help Americans eat more fruits and vegetables. What this study did show is Americans eat unhealthy.

Materials from Health Day and U.S. News are used in this report about eating habits of Americans.

Written by Tyler Woods Ph.D.
Tucson, Arizona
Exclusive to eMaxHealth

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