Thursday, June 2, 2011

Chronic Disease, Obesity and Poor Nutrition

Harvard pediatrician, David Ludwig, wrote a short but powerful article in a recent journal of the AMA calling for a reduction in processed foods, a restructuring of agricultural subsidies to promote high-quality foods, upgraded school lunch programs, restricted fast food advertising targeting children, and a general transition to whole-food, lower glycemic index consumption. Such measures would greatly reduce our obesity epidemic and reverse our dramatic increase in chronic degenerative diseases. We need to do our part on a personal level, and also to influence Congress to reset our country’s priorities.

See Technology, Diet, and the Burden of Chronic Disease. JAMA, April 6, 2011, vol. 305, 1352-1353. (see comment for the article).