Exercise, Calories, and Fat: Future Challenges

  • D. Mark Hegsted
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 322)


Developments in nutrition in the last 10 to 15 years have been remarkable. Less than 15 years ago the McGovern Committee published the Dietary Goals for the United States.1 They were vigorously opposed—by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy, the American Medical Association and practically everyone else. They were followed by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans2 which were attacked in a similar fashion. Today these recommendations are, for all practical purposes, national nutrition policy. Although all of the issues are still discussed and researched, I see little evidence that the recommendations will be changed. I find it particularly interesting that the recommendations of the Diet and Health Committee of the Food and Nutrition Board3 are quantitatively similar to those in the Dietary Goals.


Energy Intake Serum Cholesterol Serum Cholesterol Level Dietary Guideline Dietary Goal 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Mark Hegsted
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  1. 1.New England Regional Primate Research CenterHarvard Medical SchoolSouthboroUSA

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