Academy Submits Recommendations on Scientific Questions for 2025-2030 Dietary Guidelines

05/20/2022 - In comments submitted this week to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Academy provided recommendations to the proposed scientific questions that will be used to develop the 2025-2030 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The proposed questions aligned with and reflected the Academy's recommendations from the key focus areas of the Academy's Strategic Plan: well-being and prevention; nutrition care and health systems; nutrition security and food safety; and diversity and inclusion.

Specifically, the Academy's recommendations included:

  • Reviewing questions through a health equity lens, especially related to food insecurity, disabilities and impacts of genetic variations among diverse populations
  • Ensuring the guidelines include recommendations for healthy and sustainable diets through a transparent and scientifically rigorous process
  • Support for a new emphasis on weight loss and weight maintenance with cognizance of the harmful effects of weight stigma and bias and ways to minimize and address it
  • Effective implementation of the Dietary Guidelines, including fasting and eating styles
  • Saturated fats, beverages and added sugars
  • Defining ultra-processed foods and understanding their health implications
  • And more

Academy members are encouraged to submit nominees for consideration to serve on the 2025-2030 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee:

The first convening of the Dietary Guidelines Affinity Group will be on Wednesday, June 15 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Central Time). All Academy members are invited to join these monthly meetings to provide feedback during the guidelines process. Register  

Read the Academy's complete comments on the proposed scientific questions.