Mark Tapscott of the The Examiner shared some interesting comparisons this week between the current anti-obesity campaign led by First Lady Michelle Obama and the 1970s Senate Select Committee on Nutrition chaired by Mitchell’s own George McGovern.
Here are some excerpts:
… We’ve been here before. In fact, a big reason why we’re here today is because government went on an anti-fat campaign back in the 1970s. Remember the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s "diet pyramid"?
I was reminded of this fact recently while reading "The South Beach Diet." … I was reading along and chanced upon this passage about how the federal government arrived at the low-fat dietary guidelines issued by federal officials back in the day. Those federal guidelines assumed all dietary fats were evil:
"The McGovern committee was originally chartered to fight malnutrition, but in the 1970s it switched to a new goal – the prevention of over-nutrition. The campaign started with a preconceived notion: Fat was inherently bad, and our over-indulgence in it was the major cause of obesity and heart disease in the United States.
"How has America done since the low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet recommendations? We’ve gotten fatter and fatter. In addition, adult-onset diabetes, a sure sign of unhealthy blood chemistry, has become widespread."