Monday, February 8, 2010

The Surgeon General's Guide to Avoiding Obesity

The US Surgeon General has published a "Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation." Basically, a call to arms about the obesity epidemic in this country, with tips as to how to avoid it. The paper was released with both a press release and a fact sheet.

Here's the Press Release:

Here's the Surgeon General's fact sheet:

The Surgeon General's "Vision" can be found here:

What's interesting are the recommendations for avoiding obesity, some of which are:

  1. Don't Drink Sodas and Juices with added Sugars.
  2. Don't eat energy dense foods that primarily contain added fats or sugars
  3. Eat More Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins
  4. Control your portions
  5. Drink more water
  6. Become more physically active throughout the day.

So, essentially, the Surgeon General's recommendations boil down to don't eat or drink processed junk foods and drink; have the bulk of your diet consist of "real" food, eat less and exercise more.

Makes sense to me.


  1. Gee, pretty much what Michael Pollan says.

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