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Government Releases New "Dietary Guidelines for Americans"

Summary: Americans just need to eat less. But hidden beneath the scientific language, the government is actually calling for a food revolution.


This morning, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius held a press conference to release the 2010 "Dietary Guidelines for Americans." The document represents the official federal advice on nutrition—which foods to eat, in what quantity, and which to avoid—and it is updated by law every 5 years. It's a pretty big deal, because its recommendations influence all government food programs, such as school meals, Meals on Wheels, regulatory decisions, and consumer tools, such as the ubiquitous food pyramid.

Overall, the biggest change in the new guidelines is the tone, which has become much more urgent and direct. For example, the 2005 guidelines were content to note that consumers should "follow a diet that does not provide excess calories," while today's version is straightforward about the fact that to be healthy most Americans just need to eat less and move more. The change in focus can even be seen in the "appropriate intake" chapter title: In 2005, the government organized its overall consumption advice under the heading "Adequate Nutrients Within Calorie Needs," while in 2010, the section is titled "Balancing Calories to Manage Weight."

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The Best Year in Review Lists of 2010

Take a look at Fimoculus's massive aggregation of 2010 Year in Review Lists.


In addition to our many Year in Review posts, we suggest you take a look at Fimoculus's massive collection of 2010 year-end lists. The List of Lists aggregates hundreds of lists enumerating the year's best in art, architecture, cars, books, music, film, design, games, politics, science, and much, much more, from all sorts of sources (great and small).

Before you start sifting through the mounds of information, be warned that it will likely consume the better half of your day.

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2010 Year in Review: Extreme Weather and Climate Events

Will 2010 be remembered as the year that Earth struck back? There's no arguing that it was a wild, destructive, and fatal year of extreme weather.

Looking back in a decade or two, we might well remember 2010 as the year that the weather got really wacky. Or, perhaps, as the year that the effects of long term global climate change started to really tweak short term weather patterns.

One thing is clear: this was a wild, violent, and catastrophic year in extreme weather events.

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Video: 270 Films from 2010 in Six Minutes

One ambitious cinephile took 270 films that were either produced or distributed in 2010 and edited them into the following video, "Filmography 2010."

One ambitious cinephile sifted through clips from 270 films that were either produced or distributed in 2010 and edited them into the following video, "Filmography 2010."

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