Government regulations or dietary guidelines?

dietary guidelines, health, Journalism, news

food1Over the years, the government has placed much regulation on the conduct of Americans. There was the prohibition of Alcohol, laws placed on gun control, and recent legislation that determines the legality of Cannabis from state to state. But can there really be regulations on what Americans eat?

Professor Henstenburg, director of the nutrition program at La Salle University, says that while the government cannot directly tell us what and what not to eat, they can place dietary guidelines to act as recommendations for healthy living in the United States.

By law, food and nutrition scientists come together every five years to deliver highly researched guidelines that tells Americans how they should eat.

According to recent dietary guidelines, ” There is an importance for understanding the totality of food and beverage intake at the  level of food groups and basic ingredients food3(e.g., fruit, vegetables, whole grains, refined grains, dairy, protein foods) as well as at the level of foods as they are typically consumed, called food categories  (e.g., pizza, pasta dishes, burgers, sandwiches) and how these contribute to nutrient adequacy or nutrient excess”.

Due to raised suspicion, many people do not follow such measures, causing these dietary guidelines to lose much of its credibility between the American people.

“Now usually there are lots of controversy in these guidelines because it has been long thought that  they are fairly influenced by the food industry,” said Henstenburg.

To allow Americans to voice opinions like these along with many others, these guidelines are placed in the Federal Register for people to publicly comment.

Still, with such dietary liberation, 68.8 percent of the people in the United States are overweight. These numbers suggest that such guidelines  do not working in food2decreasing obesity simply because Americans do not like being told what to eat.

As we  continue our journey to promoting healthy eating, it will interesting to see how scholars and nutritionist develop a better method that could help Americans get on track with better dieting.


Today’s Discussion on Online Journalism


On estimate, the average American consumes about 15.5 hours of media a day. whether it is broadcast, print, or the ever so popular online journalism, many of us deeply rely on this forum as an informative tool to keep us in the know. Because of this, my group members and I discussed how online journalism has contributed to the evolution of mass media by illustrating the pros of the developing medium.

During the beginning of online print, many considered the forum to be a threat to the world of journalism. However, it has helped improve it in so many ways. One of the ways in which it has improved the world of journalism is through its ability to reach millions of people  in a short amount of time. With so much breaking news occurring within each second, uploading news to the web allows journalists to get information out in a timely manner that would not be possible if they were working for a newspaper.

Another pro to online print is that it protects the identity of journalist. Recently in the news, the attacks on Charlie Hebdo has sent journalist and citizens in an uproar because many believe that it infringes on freedom of speech and scares journalist into silencing themselves against public interest . With online journalism, many journalist can continue to report the news without being afraid of being attacked for delivering the news.

These contributions made by online journalism is important because so much of the media is influential in our daily lives. Eventually, I hope to analyze ho such powerful forms of journalism also contributes to our eating habits.