| Here's a challenge for everyone who reads this site. Scour the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans and find anywhere that the government advises people to specifically "EAT LESS."
This is something that Marion Nestle has said for years that the government doesn't do. They like to say "choose wisely" instead of telling you to eat less of a specific food or even avoid a food altogether. But in the past, when the Dietary Guidelines came out, we didn't have a First Lady in the White House who was specifically working to resolve our nation's diet-related health problems. So... will they tell us to eat less now? Of anything?
At first glance, no. For example:
Children and adults are also encouraged to eat a healthy breakfast and to choose nutrient-dense, minimally processed foods whenever they snack.
This could be said in a much clearer way. For example "Quit eating chips and cookies!" Or "Eat fewer French fries!" But instead they tell us to choose wisely.
I haven't read the entire document, nor have I looked for or found any examples of the government telling us to eat less. So here's the contest. I'll mail a free book about food (I'm not sure which one yet but I can give the winner some choices and let them pick) to whoever can find a clear example in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans of the government saying to "EAT LESS" of a specific food or food group. (If they say to eat less of a nutrient - like sodium - that doesn't count.)