NY Times: “Our Food is Killing Too Many of Us”

NY Times: D Mozaffarian, D Glickman Our Food is Killing Too Many of Us

“Improving American nutrition would make the biggest impact on our health care”

An excerpt:

“Instead of debating who should pay for all this, no one is asking the far more simple and imperative question: What is making us so sick, and how can we reverse this so we need less health care? … our food…

Poor diet is the leading cause of mortality in the United States, causing more than half a million deaths per year. Just 10 dietary factors are estimated to cause nearly 1,000 deaths every day from heart disease, stroke and diabetes alone…

Taxes on sugary beverages and junk food can be paired with subsidies on protective foods like fruits, nuts, vegetables, beans, plant oils, whole grains, yogurt and fish….Levels of harmful additives like sodium, added sugar and trans fat can be lowered through voluntary industry targets or regulatory safety standards

Nutrition standards in schools, which have improved the quality of school meals by 41 percent, should be strengthened; the national Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program should be extended beyond elementary schools to middle and high schools…

Coordinated federal leadership and funding for research is also essential. This could include, for example, a new National Institute of Nutrition at the National Institutes of Health. Without such an effort, it could take many decades to understand and utilize exciting new areas, including related to food processing, the gut microbiome, allergies and autoimmune disorders, cancer, brain health, treatment of battlefield injuries and effects of nonnutritive sweeteners and personalized nutrition.”

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The Pediatric Nutrionist Blog

One of my colleagues, Kipp Ellsworth, at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has started a pediatric nutrition blog: 

The Pediatric Nutritionist | Covering the world of infant, child … (www.childrensnutrition.org)

The site contains:

  • Core lectures section containing several presentations addressing the basics of pediatric nutrition
  • Feature Articles (long-form articles covering expansive clinical nutrition topics)
  • Protocol Development (articles covering institutional efforts to develop nutrition support protocols for various populations)
  • Journal Club
  • Clinical Vignettes (short-form articles or discussions on issues facing  clinical practice)

I’ve reviewed the site and I think it will be a useful resource for pediatric gastroenterology providers as well as general pediatricians.  Kipp has had a twitter feed which has provided links to a large number of nutrition articles and this site is likely to be a helpful extension.  Already on the site, there are a few powerpoint lectures; the one on formulas for infants and children provides a particularly good overview.