No country in the world has a more bountiful food supply than the United States. But a lush supply of food does not necessarily mean good nutrition. Under the auspices of the Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, experts were mobilized from diverse fields — nutritionists, economists, dietitians, psychologists, and social scientists — to examine America’s eating habits.

America’s Eating Habits, Changes and Consequences is a roadmap to understanding the complex world of food choices and diets. This report provides different perspectives on our nutrition problems. Key points addressed include:

  • The economic costs associated with unhealthy eating patterns
  • Nutritional knowledge and how it affects the intake of fats and cholesterol
  • How dietary patterns compare with dietary recommendations
  • Potential impacts of healthier eating on domestic agriculture

America’s Eating Habits also discusses government programs and regulations and health claims in food advertising and labeling.

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