- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite
education programs and a host of different diet plans, the U.S. obesity
problem keeps getting worse, nutritionists said on Thursday.
- Some of the top U.S. weight-loss authors and experts,
at an agriculture department-sponsored debate, said Americans needed to
eat less, exercise more and consume less sugar.
- ``Refined sugar ought to be reduced (in diets) as well
as the quantity of food,'' Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman said.
- Barry Sears, author of ``The Zone,'' said food needed
to be looked at from a different perspective as Americans continue to eat
less fat but are still getting fatter.
- ``We need to view food as a potential drug ... as Americans
are the fattest we have ever been,'' Sears said.
- From the low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet to the plant-based
diet and all-you-can-eat diet, experts argued their weight-loss strategies
to be the most effective and least dangerous.
- However, with such a diverse population in the United
State, some nutritionists said these fad diets don't work in the long term.
- ``Controlling weight is a life-long plan and takes a
long term solution, not a quick fix like diets,'' said Keith-Thomas Ayoob,
professor at Albert Einstein College in New York.
- ``Diets that are too restrictive make it impossible for
people to sustain in the long-term.''
- Glickman said the Agriculture Department, which is in
the midst of revising the federal dietary guidelines, will explore longer
range studies on diets and how they breakdown in certain regions and populations.
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