Are Dietary Guidelines Making Us Fatter?

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Dr. Eades introduced me to the low carb lifestyle and I am forever grateful. He and his wife, Dr. Mary Dan Eades, have a no nonsense approach to low carb eating that is firmly grounded in science.

I have to share his latest blog post that illustrates in charts how eating habits and weight has changed since 1980 following the dietary advice to avoid animal fats. Here is a timeline about how that happened:
As Gary Taubes writes in his article The Soft Science of Dietary Fat:

“It was Senator George McGovern’s bipartisan, nonlegislative Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs–and, to be precise, a handful of McGovern’s staff members–that almost single-handedly changed nutritional policy in this country and initiated the process of turning the dietary fat hypothesis into dogma.”

In January 1977, after listening to the testimony of Ancel Keys and other doctors and scientists intent on promoting the unsupported Dietary Fat-Heart hypothesis, the Committee published the “Dietary Goals for the United States” recommending that all Americans reduce their fat, saturated fat and cholesterol consumption, and increase their carbohydrate consumption to 55-60% of daily calories.

Gary Taubes writes about this historic event:

Then resident wordsmith Nick Mottern, a former labor reporter for The Providence Journal, was assigned the task of researching and writing the first “Dietary Goals for the United States.” Mottern, who had no scientific background and no experience writing about science, nutrition, or health, believed his Dietary Goals would launch a “revolution in diet and agriculture in this country.” He avoided the scientific and medical controversy by relying almost exclusively on Harvard School of Public Health nutritionist Mark Hegsted for input on dietary fat. Hegsted had studied fat and cholesterol metabolism in the early 1960s, and he believed unconditionally in the benefits of restricting fat intake..

Look at the charts in Dr. Eades post and the numbers speak for themselves as to how disastrous this dietary advice is to the health of Americans. I added the chart below to give an even better perspective on how our increase in carb consumption has resulted in obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Before 1940, most of the food people ate came from their own gardens and farms. After 1940, grocery stores became more common and people bought their food instead of growing it. With grocery stores came more carbohydrate choices. This chart shows the increase in obesity, heart disease and diabetes with the shift to grocery stores. After dietary guidelines in 1977 to eat less fat and cholesterol, these trends became epidemics.


Obesity Rates since 1900

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