Recommendations to eat a low fat diet began in the late 1950s following the publication of several studies that reportedly found a link between eating fat and rising cholesterol and heart disease.1 However, as further research has gone on to resoundingly demonstrate, this conclusion was false.2
Unfortunately, the follow-up research was not well publicized by the media or acknowledged by the medical community and, as a result, the American public paid a terrible price. Since the 1960s adult obesity rates have risen precipitously,3 and childhood rates are following suit.4
According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2010, 12 States reported 30 percent or more of their population was obese.5 In 2015, that number rose to 25 states, with four of those 25 reporting a 35 percent or greater obesity rate.6
These mounting numbers are also reflected in the number of people suffering from illness and diseases triggered by obesity.
In a landmark decision, the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), stood by a peer reviewed study published in 2015 that effectively refutes the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommending low-fat diets.