USDA New Dietary Guidelines
Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) develop the Dietary Guidelines for Americans that recommend what to eat and drink and how much for individuals—think the Food Pyramid and MyPlate.
To craft the upcoming 2020-25 guidelines—due out in December—the USDA and HHS will review the scientific report they commissioned from the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, made up of 20 experts from across the U.S., as well as public comments on that report.
One of the committee experts is School of Public Health associate professor Jamie Stang, who brings a career’s worth of research into nutrition and maternal and child health focusing on obesity during pregnancy. Stang talks about what’s different about the scientific report this time around, what’s controversial, and what the committee members learned that surprised them.