American dietary guidelines – what will happen?
The department of health and human services and the usda update the “American dietary guidelines” every five years. Within two years of the DGA launch, the scientific advisory board was recruited and installed. The committee reviews nutritional literature and provides non-binding recommendations to the federal government. The commission’s report has been released publicly and asked for public opinion. In the end, HHS and USDA issued the latest guidelines based on recommendations from the scientific advisory board, which often change or miss. (for the history of DGA, please refer to the “Lessons From 40 Years of Dietary Guidelines” by Sanna Delmonico, MS, RDN of the November IDEA Fitness Journal.)
The commission report released by the American dietary guidelines for 2015-2020 raises more questions than ever before. Many stakeholders have criticized scientific assessments, committee membership and potential conflicts of interest and scope of work. In response, congress designated the U.S. scientific, engineering and medical national academy of sciences to evaluate the process for developing DGA and to make recommendations for improvements.
To enhance the transparency of the recruitment of scientific advisory committee members and to use third-party review nominations; Identify, disclose and manage financial and non-financial conflicts of interest; And increase public access to the selection (rather than letting HHS and USDA simply appoint members).
A clear explanation of when the DGA will be omitted or accepted as part of the committee’s recommendations.
Use more rigorous scientific methods to review and evaluate the literature, so that stakeholders and all americans can have more confidence-building recommendations.
Use the most advanced and up-to-date processes to continuously improve your recommendations, rather than updating them every 5 years.
The DGA will focus on all groups of people, including children and people with chronic diseases, not just healthy americans aged 2 or above.
If these recommendations are adopted by congress, these recommendations may improve the progress of the DGA in the future.