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AAP Statement on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

1/7/2016 by: Benard Dreyer, MD, FAAP, president, American Academy of Pediatrics

“The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) welcomes the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans released today. For the first time, the guidelines recommend limiting the consumption of added sugars to less than 10 percent of calories per day, and continue to recommend more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins, and less sodium and saturated fat, all of which support a healthy eating pattern for families.

“Pediatricians routinely look to the dietary guidelines to provide advice to our patients, and we do so with confidence that the best scientific evidence available was used to inform the recommendations. We recognize and commend former AAP Committee on Nutrition member Steven A. Abrams, MD, FAAP, for his service on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, whose work helped pave the way for the guidelines.

“The dietary guidelines underpin key federal nutrition programs like WIC and the school meals program. At a time when our children are facing nutritional crises resulting from a 21 percent poverty rate among children, 15 million children who are living in homes where food is scarce, and nearly 1 in 3 children suffering from overweight or obesity, the guidelines play a pivotal role in influencing the foods children eat in school and the choices families make at home.

“The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are an important source of information for children ages 2 and up, and the critical work of the federal government to establish guidelines for children under age 2 must continue moving forward so that we can provide a foundation of strong health from the earliest days of life.”

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 64,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds.