All is well then right? We are following this advice and we should be healthier than ever. There is no possibility that advice could be making things worse is there? Take a look at the rise in obesity on this chart, notice anything interesting happen around 1980?
Appears obesity and extreme obesity follow a similar curve as the first graph above showing an increase in carbohydrate intake. Not so coincidentally, obesity and carbohydrate intake increased after the USDA made their first recommendations. Obesity increases risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoarthritis, and a myriad of less common ailments.
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Again, the first government dietary recommendations came out in 1980. As noted in this paper, the American Medical Association pleaded with the USDA in 1977 not to make the national dietary recommendations. Here are a few quotes from the AMA back in 1977 in direct response to the proposed recommendations:
"We believe that it would be inappropriate at this time to
adopt proposed national dietary goals as set forth in the
Report on Dietary Goals for the United States. The evidence
for assuming that benefits to be derived from the adoption of
such universal dietary goals as set forth in the Report is not
conclusive and there is potential for harmful effects from
a radical long-term dietary change as would occur through
adoption of the proposed national goals."
"The Report suggests that the incidence of heart disease,
cancer, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and tooth decay could
be reduced by making qualitative and quantitative changes in
“the American diet.” The goals are laudable; however, the
American Medical Association believes that there are insufficient
data to recommend such changes in the diet on
a nationwide scale."Well, the AMA's worst nightmare came true. The dietary recommendations were released, America followed them, and the "harmful effects" came to fruition. The dietary guidelines of then and today are no where near what our ancestors thrived on. Animal proteins and fats and relatively low carb vegetation is what they ate. The recommendations to ignore science and our evolutionary past have caused a huge burden in the form of chronic diseases. Our primitive ancestors suffered in harsh living conditions but they did not suffer from chronic diseases. Because of the prevalence of these chronic diseases, the current generation of children is expected to have a shorter lifespan than their parents. It's the first time that has happened in 200 years.