Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services update Dietary Guidelines

Will Kreznick

The Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every five years and the latest guidelines were recently released. Updated dietary guidance has been provided to Americans for over 100 years, and this information is easily accessible to us through online materials at dietaryguidelines.gov. […]

The Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every five years and the latest guidelines were recently released.

Updated dietary guidance has been provided to Americans for over 100 years, and this information is easily accessible to us through online materials at dietaryguidelines.gov.

Strong evidence links the food we eat with our health but the Healthy Eating Index score for Americans, which assesses how well dietary recommendations are followed, is low.

The Healthy Eating Index score is often higher in early life and older adulthood, but scores fall short in every age group.

Currently in the United States, 60 percent of adults have one or more diet-related chronic diseases, about 74 percent of adults are overweight or obese, and about 40 percent of children and teens are overweight or obese.

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