Public comment begins today for Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2025-2030
As part of the first step in the process of developing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for 2025-2030, the US Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture are releasing proposed scientific questions for public comment.
The public comment period will be open for 30 days from today until May 16, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Department of Health and USDA officials say they are committed to ensuring transparency and providing opportunities for public participation during the five-step process leading to the release of the new dietary guidelines in 2025.
The suggested questions are available on DietaryGuidelines.gov and focus on diet and health outcomes across the lifespan. This includes the relationship between diet and the risk of overweight and obesity with a new focus on weight loss and weight maintenance. Emerging questions also focus on ultra-processed foods and food-based strategies that can be used by individuals and families to support the implementation of dietary guidelines and help prevent or manage overweight and obesity. .
All prioritized scientific questions will be reviewed through a health equity lens to ensure that the resulting advice in the dietary guidelines is inclusive of people from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and social backgrounds. culture, according to officials.
The Department of Health and Human Services and the USDA proposed the scientific questions based on the following criteria:
- Relevance – The question falls within the scope of the Dietary Guidelines and its emphasis on diet-based recommendations, not clinical guidelines for medical treatment.
- Importance – The question addresses an area of significant public health concern, uncertainty and/or lack of knowledge.
- Potential Impact on Federal Programs – It is highly likely that the issue will provide the scientific basis for guidance that will inform federal food and nutrition policies and programs.
- Avoid Duplication – The issue is not addressed by any existing or planned federal evidence-based guidelines other than dietary guidelines.
- Research availability will also be assessed for the proposed questions to determine if there is sufficient evidence available to conduct a new review or update an existing systematic review.
Topics covered by existing federal resources are not included in the list of proposed scientific questions, although many will be covered in the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines.
Anyone can comment through Regulations.gov using file number OASH-2022-0005. A link to the specific Regulations.gov page will be posted on DietaryGuidelines.gov. HHS and USDA will consider all public comments posted on Regulations.gov related to the criteria specified above to prioritize scientific questions for consideration by the Committee to inform the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for 2025- 2030.
Following this public comment period, HHS and USDA will be soliciting public nominations for the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The public can sign up to receive email updates on the dietary guidelines development process and other related news, including future opportunities for public input.
About dietary guidelines
Dietary Guidelines provide science-based advice on what to eat and drink to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic disease, and meet nutritional needs. It is designed for policy makers and nutrition and health professionals to help all individuals and their families achieve healthy and nutritionally adequate diets.
The information in the Dietary Guidelines is used to develop, implement and evaluate federal food, nutrition and health policies. It is also the basis for federal nutrition education materials designed for the public and for nutrition education components of HHS and USDA nutrition programs.
Find more information about dietary guidelines by visiting DietaryGuidelines.gov.
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