CLARIFYING FOOD AND WEIGHT GUIDELINES IN AN INCREASINGLY OVERWEIGHT
As evidence of an overweight American public mounts, some
researchers are questioning how much people actually know about dietary
guidelines and obesity. While some confusion exists, most people are
concerned about eating properly.
Scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle
found evidence of "nutrition backlash." As lead author Ruth Patterson,
M.D., explains, "The more negative and confused people feel about dietary
recommendations, the more likely they are to eat a fat-laden diet" Her
survey, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association,
also found that most people remain worried about too much fat.
The confusion over proper diet may extend to at least one result of
eating poorly: obesity. While obesity has increased by nearly 60% since
1991, fewer people describe themselves as fat, says a recent Gallup poll.
In 1990, 48% believed they were overweight. while today, only 39% say