The release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is a time when U.S. consumers are supposed to look down and count the well-worn holes in their belts. Which way are they sliding? Judging by the federal government's detailed and ambitious 2005 recommendations, the situation would appear to require stern measures, for the document pitches nothing short of a wholesale change in the way Americans live and eat. Among the top-line suggestions: - 1980's "Eat foods with adequate starch and ...

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