Dietary Guidelines Are Only for Healthy Americans…And Other Surprises from the 2020 Guidelines’ Kick-off Meeting

Dietary Guidelines Are Only for Healthy Americans…And Other Surprises from the 2020 Guidelines’ Kick-off Meeting

The advisory committee appointed to oversee the science for the next set of Dietary Guidelines, in 2020 held its inaugural meeting last month—with some startling surprises. Most extraordinary was the government’s assertion that at a time when 60% of the population is afflicted with some kind of nutrition-related disease, the Guidelines will continue to be a policy for healthy Americans only.

The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Committee: Who Will Stand Up for Rigorous Science Over Industry Interests and—really?—Religion?

The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Committee: Who Will Stand Up for Rigorous Science Over Industry Interests and—really?—Religion?

USDA-HHS finally has announced the members of the advisory committee for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines, a powerful group of experts who will determine what constitutes a healthy diet. Their work has implications not only for nutrition and health in the United States but is likely to influence food policy in many parts of the world.

Diabetes and Obesity Still on the Rise – Billions Spent Promoting Dietary Guidelines Hasn’t Made a Dent

Diabetes and Obesity Still on the Rise – Billions Spent Promoting Dietary Guidelines Hasn’t Made a Dent

A new report on the continued alarming rise of diabetes in the U.S. illustrates how long-accepted dietary guidance has for decades failed to contain this costly and debilitating disease. As part of their State of American Well-being series, Gallup and Sharecare found that 11.5% of the U.S. adult population was diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes in 2016-2017, up from 10.8% in 2008-2009.

Is U.S. Nutrition Policy Making the Military (and Recruits) too Fat to Fight?

Is U.S. Nutrition Policy Making the Military (and Recruits) too Fat to Fight?

The U.S. military has a crisis on its hands, as obesity rates continue to rise, both among existing troops and potential recruits who are too fat to serve. Let’s hope our military leaders will take a hard look at its nutritional advice and explore all possible options to improve the health of the men and women who serve in uniform and protect our nation.