Chapter 2 Shifts Needed To Align With Healthy Eating Patterns

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The U.S. population, across almost every age and sex group, consumes eating patterns that are low in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy, seafood, and oil and high in refined grains, added sugars, saturated fats, sodium, and for some age-sex groups, high in the meats, poultry, and eggs subgroup. Although most Americans urgently need to shift intakes to achieve the healthy eating patterns described in Chapter 1, young children and older Americans generally are closer to the recommendations than are adolescents and young adults. For some aspects of eating patterns, maintaining the intake levels of young children as they grow into adolescence and adulthood could result in healthy eating patterns across the lifespan and improved health over time.