The expert committee for the next Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) has begun to deliberate on the first ever set of guidelines for the “birth to 24-month” population (B-24). This effort is part of the Pregnancy and Birth to 24 Months (P/B-24) Project, a joint initiative led by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services (USDA-HHS).
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 process for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is underway in earnest. Last month, USDA-HHS, the agencies in charge of the DGA, selected the advisory committee, and that group will have its inaugural meeting on March 28th and 29th in Washington, DC. This will be the first of approximately five meetings.
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.
By Dr. Dawn Lemanne, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, and Dr. Jake Kushner
We have written an urgent letter to Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and we hope that you will consider joining us.
The Nutrition Coalition applauds a recent move by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), following advice by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), to ensure a greater diversity of viewpoints on the expert panel that advises Americans on what to eat. This reform is long overdue.
An analysis of the last advisory committee to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, our nation’s top nutrition policy, reveals little diversity of opinion on key dietary issues among the committee’s 14 members.
Earlier this month, the agencies responsible for the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans quietly dismissed improvements suggested by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, to increase transparency of the DGA Advisory Committee and manage member biases.