Q. In the mid-1980’s, you worked in Washington for the Public Health Service as editor of the Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health, published in 1988. Why was this book never updated, as planned?
A. Because it is too controversial. If you tell people what to eat, you have to tell them to eat less of certain things, and then it’s, eat less of what? The sugar industry people were in our office all the time. They most emphatically did not want us to say eat less sugar. The meat industry was really worried, since fat was a big issue, and meat is where the saturated fat is. They didn’t want the surgeon general’s report to say eat less meat. And it didn’t.