Overconsumption of fat is a major national health problem, according to a recent government nutrition report.

Excessive intake of dietary fat, in fried and other high-fat foods, increases the risk of the leading causes of death - coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, obesity and some types of cancer, the report says.Nutritionist Barbara Beck of Dannon Yogurt says people can reduce total fat in their diets by choosing such foods as fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products such as yogurt, fish, lean meats or poultry with the skin removed.

Younger women, children and adolescent girls concerned about maintaining an iron-rich diet should eat more lean meat, fish, enriched cereal, dried beans and peas, which are relatively low in fat, says Beck. For adequate calcium, women should continue to consume dairy products but limit their fat intake by using lowfat yogurt.