The APC briefed the Feds on the growing need to combat the
nationís obesity epidemic. Atkins has also made a submission to
USDA Secretary Ann Veneman and offered to follow up with a more
detailed briefing. The Atkins Lifestyle
Food Guide Pyramid was presented as a tool to demonstrate the
support for government efforts to combat Americaís nutrition
crisis in the decades to come.
"We are delighted that the USDA has come to terms with the
need for individualization of nutritional approaches and is now
proposing the development of as many as 12 new versions of the
existing pyramid," adds Dr. Trager.
"We will work in the months to come to ensure that among
these versions is a controlled-carbohydrate option based on the
existing and emerging scientific research that supports the safety
and efficacy of controlled-carbohydrate nutrition."
Perhaps just as important, the Atkins Lifestyle Food Guide
Pyramid aims to dispel many of the myths and misconceptions about
Atkins that may have caused some people to shy away from trying the
popular nutritional approach.
"The Atkins pyramid and its accompanying information should
provide clarity to those who misunderstand the Atkins program and
mistakenly believe that eating many vegetables and fruits is not an
integral part of doing Atkins properly.
"The Atkins pyramid should also put to rest the misleading
claims by copycat diet book authors whose supposed 'healthier'
versions of the Atkins Nutritional Approach (ANA) are, at best, rank
imitations of the ANA or, at worst, unproven and potentially risky
departures from the now scientifically validated ANA
protocols," says Dr. Trager.
Mary C. Vernon, M.D., another member of the APC and vice
president of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians states,
"When it comes to re-educating the American public, this is a
wake-up call that is well overdue.
"Armed with a better understanding of the health risks
associated with uncontrolled consumption of certain carbohydrates,
particularly white flour and added sugars, it is clear that Dr.
Atkinsí longtime goal of increasing carbohydrate awareness will go
a long way to improving the health and well-being of
Americans," concludes Dr. Vernon.
To further support its Pyramid, Atkins Health & Medical
Information Services will sponsor a broad range of education
initiatives, including an ongoing series of conferences and seminars
in Washington, D.C. and New York City, speaking engagements before
consumer and health care professional groups, publications, online
information resources and educational tools for school teachers and
health care professionals.