Academies of Sciences: Guidelines Need Reform

The 2017 review by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine was the first-ever outside peer-review of the Dietary Guidelines’ process in the nearly 40 years since the policy was launched. In two reports, the Academies found a number of serious problems with the Guidelines process, including a lack of transparency, lack of scientific rigor, and a failure to use a state-of-the-art methodology for the systematic reviews.

A short list of issues highlighted by TNC can be found here

How have USDA-HHS responded to the NASEM recommendations, parts 1 & 2?

Our blog post on part 1:

USDA-HHS Rejects Most of Recommendations in NASEM Report, Part 1

The agencies responsible for the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) quietly dismissed improvements suggested by Part 1 of NASEM report, focused on increasing transparency of the DGA Advisory Committee and managing committee member biases.

This committee, comprised of 13-15 people, is appointed every five years to review the science to update the Dietary Guidelines.



 

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