Trans Fats are a Major Public Health Risk

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AAFP Applauds FDA’s Plans to Eliminate Trans Fats

Statement attributable to:
Robert Wergin, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

This week, the Food and Drug Administration took a bold and necessary step( toward eliminating artery-clogging trans fats from the American diet. The American Academy of Family Physicians supports and applauds the FDA for taking action against trans fats.

Trans fats are a major contributor to coronary heart disease – the leading cause of death in the United States. By taking action against trans fats, the FDA is saving lives and sparing countless Americans the trauma of watching a loved one suffer a heart attack.

The long, frustrating battle against trans fats perfectly illustrates the need for government regulation and intervention. For years, the medical, scientific, and public health communities have rallied against trans fats. And yet, I can still walk into my local grocery store and spot “foods” that are rich in trans fats. I’m not talking about obscure, hard-to-find items. I’m talking about the foods that Americans consume every day, from frozen pizza to margarine to coffee creamer. As a family physician, I’m relieved to know that the FDA has taken action on this issue. This is a major step forward in the fight for better public health.

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Wergin, contact Megan Moriarty, 800-274-2237, Ext. 5223, or

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