According to a new Trend Watch review over at Medical News Today, 2008 will see consumers making "sensible choices and simple substitutions in lieu of the latest fad diet." Hallelujah! Wouldn't a Year of Actual Sanity be a nice change of pace?

On the other hand, a new national poll from on "Why Americans Want to Eat Healthier" shows that people in different regions have different motivations. And, drum roll, please...

No_diets_button - People in the South and on the West Coast try to eat better in order to lose weight and/or look good


- Americans living in the Heartland States want to change their diets to lower their risk of diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer

- People living on the East Coast of the U.S. eat healthier in the hopes that they will live longer

- Americans on the East Coast change their diets for the better so that they will have more energy

So the new shift to a focus on overall health (i.e a more "sane" approach to weight loss) appears to apply only to the American Heartland and East Coast. While the rest of us will just keep yo-yo-ing around, trying to fit into our special occasion outfits whenever we're not binging. *Sigh*

You can find the geographic breakdown of the poll HERE.

Some background into on the Weight State of Our Nation:

"According to a recent study by the CDC, 34% of U.S. adults aged 20 and over are considered obese. Over 72 million people in our country are in need of shaping up and many will look to the New Year to start fresh." Ya think?

Note that NutritionData's resident nutritionist and blogger, Monica Reinagel, apparently has some tips "on how to take your reasons for eating healthier and transforming it into real changes in your life." She seems to offer a healthy dose of sanity.

I wonder what YOUR approach is for the coming year: getting serious about following some prescriptive diet, or accepting yourself at a slightly larger pants size than ideal?

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