WIN Wyoming

Thought Bullets
June 2001

Fat Lies About Ideal Weight

Sylvia Moore, Project Director for WIN the Rockies, recently sent me a SIX CHIX comic strip entitled a sign the media is influencing girls at a younger and younger age. The comic strip shows a baby girl asking her mom, "Does this diaper make me look fat?" After my initial chuckles, I realized the comic was very close to the alarming truth. During the same week, I read an article highlighting a program presented at the Kansas Nutrition Council Conference by Glenn A. Gaesser, Ph.D., professor of exercise physiology at the University of Virginia. Here are a few highlights from his presentation entitled Big Fat Lies About Ideal Weight.

  1. Strive for a fiber intake of 25 grams a day (a significant increase in fiber for most people)
  2. Consume more fruits and vegetables
  3. Strive for 3 servings of whole grain servings a day
  4. Limit (and for most people reduce) intake of saturated fat, total fat, and sugar.

Source: High Plains Journal, April 23, 2001, Page 18-B, "Fat can be fit for some," by Cindy Falk, Kansas Wheat Commission

Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD

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