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October 26, 2017

Issue Brief Examines the American Diet



The Center for Health Affairs' October 2017 Issue BriefMore and more, hospitals are taking on the role – and being held financially responsible for – improving the overall health status of their communities. Yet, these efforts are confounded by decades’ worth of activity by both federal policymakers and the U.S. food industry, which for years, whether inadvertently or in some cases purposely, have been both directly and indirectly promoting an American diet that is counter to that goal.

The Center's October 2017 Issue Brief, Road Blocks to a Healthy Population: The Food Industry, Federal Policy and the American Diet, explores some of the policies and activities that have played a role in shaping the American diet and discusses both the health consequences of that diet and the responsibilities being placed on hospitals with respect to improving the health of their communities.

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