The majority of Americans need to keep their weight within healthy limits by consuming more fruits and vegetables and less fat every day while increasing physical activity. Almost two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese thereby increasing their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. Eating a healthy balance of nutritious foods appropriate for the number of calories expended promotes health and reduces the risk of chronic disease. This Sourcebook contains information about current dietary guidelines, nutrition intake, and proportions for all life stages, infants to seniors, and various life styles including singles, families, vegetarians, athletes, along with tips for eating out. It provides guidance for weight control, information about supplements, and nutrition advice for people with specific medical concerns including artificial hydration and nutrition, cancer, celiac disease, diabetes, food allergies, and heart disease. National government nutrition support programs are described along with a glossary, on line resources, suggested reading, and a directory of organizations able to provide additional help and information.
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