Why The Dietary Guidelines Are Not Improving American Health


The Nutrition Coalition is holding a press conference on Tuesday, April 5th, 2:00—3:00 pm, at the National Press Club, Murrow Room, to address:

Why the Dietary Guidelines Are Not Improving American Health:

The Evidence Excluded from the National Food Policy Conference

The Nutrition Coalition believes that dietary policy has long been dominated by industry interests and government insiders. This press conference is an attempt to take the politics out of nutrition policy and anchor a discussion in the science. The views that will be presented are based in scientific evidence and counter the conventional wisdom that obesity and diabetes would be conquered if Americans only did a better job of following the Dietary Guidelines.

At this event you’ll hear independent voices from Harvard, Indiana University, and Albert Einstein College in New York They join science journalist Nina Teicholz (author of international best-seller The Big Fat Surprise), who was invited to present these ideas at the National Food Policy Conference, a key annual event  for policy makers in DC—but then was disinvited (see Politico report here) after the other panelists refused to speak on the same panel with her. Conference organizers replaced her with a representative from the potato industry (who formerly worked from the American Beverage Association).

A petition to reinstate Teicholz to the food panel was launched on Saturday and now has more than 3500 signatures. Politico reported on this here—last item. Good science—and thus good policy—require open discussion. This press conference is an opportunity to hear another side of the nutrition science debate.

Joining Teicholz, in person and/or by video-conference, will be:

Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD, FACE, Medical Director, Obesity Clinical Program at Joslin Clinic, Director of the Inpatient Diabetes Program, Clinical Investigator and senior adult Endocrinologist at Joslin Diabetes Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS, Medical Director and Founder, Indiana University-Arnett Health Medical Weight Loss Program, Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine and American Board of Clinical Lipidology, ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Adjunct Professor Indiana University School of Medicine

Mark Cucuzzella, MD, Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Director, Pre-Doctoral Family Medicine Education and Faculty Rural Family Medicine Residency Program of West Virginia University; Lt. Col., US Air Force Reserves

Paul R. Marantz, M.D., M.P.H. Albert Einstein College of Medicine Associate Dean for Clinical Research Education, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health; Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) Dr.. Marantz oversees the educational and training programs of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR).

The Nutrition Coalition is an independent group dedicated to ensuring that that nutrition policy is based on rigorous science. It does not receive any industry funding, and it does not recommend any particular diet.

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