Food Guidelines: Addressing Obesity

NPR.org, April 19, 2005 · The new dietary guidelines are part of the federal government's effort to promote health and reduce the risk of obesity and chronic disease. Taking Issue considers the government's responsibility in promoting weight management as well as the role of the individual and the food industry.

 
 
Shelley Hearne

The Pyramid Is Not Enough

Shelley Hearne

"Our national strategies for combating obesity remain fragmented and inadequate."

Shelley Hearne is the executive director of the Trust for American Health, a national public health organization.

Cindy Wolff

A Grassroots View

Cindy Wolff

"To succeed in changing our habits, the guidelines must be linked to…nutrition education and physical activity programs."

Cindy Wolff is a registered dietitian and professor at Chico State University in California.

Robert Earl

Consumers Want Choices

Robert Earl

"Don't take away the choices and options that consumers have come to expect. Rather, we all must work together to provide education and information."

Robert Earl is senior director of nutrition policy for the Food Products Association, an international trade association.

 

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