Research shows that good nutrition lowers people’s risk for many chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis. For example, for at least 10 million Americans at risk for type 2 diabetes, proper nutrition and physical activity can sharply lower their chances of getting the disease.
Although Americans are slowly adopting healthier diets, a large gap remains between recommended dietary patterns and what Americans actually eat. Only about one-fourth of U.S. adults eat the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
Poor eating habits are often established during childhood. More than 60% of young people eat too much fat, and less than 20% eat the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
(Source: CDC website, www.cdc.gov)