Americans Losing Interest In Diet

Americans Losing Interest In Diet Every year since 2006, the International Food Information Council has been conducting a Food & Health Survey to determine how much consumers actually know about food safety, nutrition and health. This year, 50% of subjects considered themselves to be overweight, down from 57% in 2010. Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that around 70% of Americans are overweight or obese.

On a more positive note, 62% of respondents said their diet was somewhat to extremely healthy, and 59% said they had made dietary changes. Too bad only 9% of the adults surveyed were able to accurately estimate the total number of calories they should consume in a single day. 60% of them guessed incorrectly.

True Strength Moment: There's a sentence on every Nutrition Facts panel printed on the labels of both food and supplements that states, "Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet." Very active people may have greater energy needs, but that's the baseline figure for Average Janes and Joes. If more people paid attention to this labeling, we might have a lot more fit and trim individuals walking around.
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