Weekend reading: GAO’s big picture on healthy eating
The Government Accountability Office has produced a “snapshot” on Healthy Eating: Government-wide solutions for promoting healthy diets, food safety, and food security. It’s only two pages; take a look.
As of July 2022, many of our recommendations for developing strategies on healthy eating have not yet been addressed.
1. Strategy Needed to Address Diet-Related Chronic Health Conditions
Three diet-related chronic health conditions (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer) were among the 10 leading causes of death in 2018, according to CDC. Men, Black or African Americans, and people living in southern states had disproportionately higher mortality rates from diet related conditions. Dietary changes could have prevented some of these deaths.
Additionally, in 2018, about three in four adults in the U.S. had excess weight, which can be associated with poor diet and lead to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer.
The GAO recommends that the federal government establish leadership for strategies:
- On diet-related efforts
- Food-safety oversight
- Nutrition assistance programs to respond to emergencies
Excellent suggestions. If only they could be implemented.