What America's Missing

Even though two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in this country are overweight or obese, the topic of nutrition adequacy is often overlooked. Many Americans, including children and adolescents, are falling short of the essential nutrients they need. In fact, nine out of 10 Americans are missing key nutrients. How could we possibly be a nation that’s overweight yet undernourished? It’s an ironic paradox. However, that’s exactly the situation we’re in.

What America’s Missing explores the nation’s nutrient gap – the discrepancy between what we need and what we’re getting. The report identifies the specific nutrients and food groups we’re missing, and what it will take to help close the gap.

This report was created by the Milk Processor Education Program, with the assistance of the Dairy Research Institute of Dairy Management, Inc. It is based on national food consumption surveys including the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a program of the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.