FOREWORD

The purpose of this report is to point out that the eating patterns of this century represent as critical a public health concern as any now before us.

We must acknowledge and recognize that the public is confused about what to eat to maximize health. If we as a Government want to reduce health costs and maximize the quality of life for all Americans, we have an obligation to provide practical guidelines to the individual consumer as well as set national dietary goals for the country as a whole.

Such an effort is long over-due. Hopefully, this study will be a first major step in that direction.

I would like to thank Mr. Nick Mottern of the Committee staff for his extraordinary effort and the high degree of professionalism he used in the preparation of this publication.

George McGovern,
            Chairman

In addition, to acting as a practical guide to promote good eating habits, this report, hopefully, will also act as a catalyst for government and industry action to facilitate the achievement of the recommended dietary goals. Without Government and industry commitment to good nutrition, the American people will continue to eat themselves to poor health. Government and industry have a responsibility to respond to the findings of the report. Action is needed to determine how changes can be made regarding the content of nutritional information provided to the public; the kinds of foods produced; how foods are processed and advertised; and the selection of foods offered by eating establishments. Our national health depends on how well and how quickly Government and industry respond.

Charles H Percy
Ranking Minority Member

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SELECT COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION AND HUMAN NEEDS
GEORGE McGOVERN, South Dakota, Chairman

HERMAN E. TALMADGE, Georgia
CHARLES H. PERCY, Illinois
EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts
ROBERT DOLE, Kansas
GAYLORD NELSON, Wisconsin
HENRY BELLMON, Oklahoma
ALAN CRANSTON, California
RICHARD S. SCHWENKE, Pennsylvania
HUBERT H. HUMPHERY, Minnesota
MARK O. HATFIELD, Oregon
ALAN J. STONE, Staff Director
MARSHALL L. MATZ, General Counsel

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