Earlier in February, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted the ‘Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.’ The report is not a draft of the new guidelines, but does present scientific evidence based on topics related to diet, nutrition, and health that will be considered in the formulation of the 2015 ‘Dietary Guidelines for Americans,’ which is due out later this year. In the meantime, the public is encouraged to view the report and provide commentary through April 8, 2015. Recommendations and suggestions from physicians especially, can provide insight in the shaping of the new guidelines.
The most recent ‘Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ was released in 2010. Highlights in 2010, included three major goals: “balance calories with physical activity to manage weight; consumer more of certain foods and nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood; consume fewer foods with sodium (salt), saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and refined grains.” The complete ‘Guidelines’ references many more topics, such as diet-related health outcomes, food insecurity, food sustainability and safety, and much more.
The overarching themes that the public can now comment on with regard to the 2015 ‘Report’ include: preventable, chronic diseases related to poor quality dietary patterns and physical inactivity; suboptimal dietary patterns related to poor individual and population health and higher chronic disease rates; the effects of dietary interventions implemented by nutrition professionals and lifestyle interventions; the impact of targeted environmental and policy changes; near- and long-term sustainability of healthy dietary patterns; as well as the safety of certain key dietary ingredients such as caffeine and aspartame.
Physicians have some of the most valuable insight into the topics that are researched for the dietary guidelines, as they are the ones who take care of and recommend lifestyle changes to patients everyday- from dietary amendments to fitness suggestions. The ‘Report’ goes into great depth regarding the present state of America’s health and wellbeing, and can shape the future in a proactive way, and is an interesting read for healthcare professionals. Remember that all commentary on the ‘Report’ will be considered in the forthcoming ‘Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ put out by the Federal government. Let’s shape a health America!
This post was sourced from health.gov, and the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. For more information regarding this article and how to provide commentary to the Dietary Report, please visit health.gov’s website here. Stay tuned for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans which will be released later this year.