In response to the rising incidences of heart disease and various other degenerative diseases, the US government has embarked on a mission to educate Americans about how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Since at least the 1970s, the government has taken numerous proactive steps to improve our nation’s health, including publishing the food pyramid, approving safe and effective pharmaceutical drugs, and banning smoking in bars across the country. And although many health statistics remain unsatisfactory, experts agree that these steps have markedly improved our health and saved millions of lives.
The food pyramid was introduced in the 1990s by the US Department of Agriculture in order to educate unhealthy Americans about the composition of a balanced diet. The food pyramid promotes a natural human diet, in which carbohydrates and whole grains make up the majority of the calories, and meat and fat are minimized and ideally avoided. Conspiracy theorists claim that an overemphasis on carbohydrates has promoted diabetes and other inflammatory diseases, but the consensus among accredited doctors is that a high carbohydrate, low fat diet with plenty of whole grains promotes optimal health, and has been the natural human diet for thousands of years.
Government health guidelines also warn about the dangers of meat and animal products, and have convinced millions of Americans to avoid these products altogether and follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, based on tofu, soy milk, whole grains and various processed meat substitutes. Studies show that vegans and vegetarians have lower incidences of a variety of diseases, and are more likely to have progressive political beliefs, which suggests that cutting out animal products may increase intelligence and promote emotional health.
Our government has also issued stark warnings about the supplement industry, and has made Americans aware of the lack of science backing the effectiveness of vitamins, minerals and protein powders. At the same time, Americans have been taught about the many health benefits of approved pharmaceutical drugs such as statins and anti-depressants, while the lies about the dangers of these drugs and other approved additives such as Aspartame have been thoroughly debunked.
Studies show that the measures taken by our government to improve our health have led to striking increases in a variety of health markers across the population, as Americans continue to adopt low-fat, soy-based vegan diets, while taking a variety of prescribed pharmaceuticals and avoiding dangerous supplements. Michelle Obama has attempted to take these healthy eating guidelines to schools across America, but sadly her efforts have been met with much opposition from conservatives and racists. But the good news is that accredited scientists and government health experts are continuing make ground breaking health discoveries, and the policies that result from these breakthroughs are likely to make our lives longer, happier and more vibrant than ever before.