146. Whose Guideline Is It Anyway? A Stakeholders’ Review of the Development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Sunday, October 27
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 120-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149571

The process to develop the hugely influential 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) continues, with the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee conducting evidence reviews and holding public meetings in advance of its scientific report that will form the basis of the quinquennial recommendations. This session offers perspectives from representatives of three groups essential to development of the DGA: the federal agencies tasked with developing inherently imperfect guidelines that have largely stood the test of time; registered dietitian nutritionists who impact DGA development through both the Academy’s internal process for providing science-based input and membership with nearly two dozen researchers and practitioners who have been appointed to the Advisory Committee; and critics challenging the guideline development process, including its scientific review process, reliance upon dietary recall studies, and lack of transparency throughout development.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the history of the DGA, the continuity of most recommendations, and the enhancements made since they were first published in 1980
  • Identify the Academy’s strategy and processes for engaging in the development of the DGA and their adoption or implementation by individuals and in government food and nutrition programs
  • Consider the various critiques of the 2015 DGA and how these concerns might be addressed

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4030 Dietary guidelines, DRIs, Food Guide Pyramid, food labeling
  • 1080 Legislation, public policy
  • 9020 Evaluation and application of research

Performance Indicator:

  • 13.2.1 Adheres to and communicates relevant regulations, dietary guidelines and organization policies in menu development and implementation.
  • 3.2.1 Advocates for, and participates in, activities that support advancement of the profession.
  • 8.1.1 Interprets and applies evidence-based comparative standards for determining nutritional needs.


  • Will Murphy, MS, RDN

    Data Scientist

  • Nina Teicholz, M.Phil.

    Executive Director

    The Nutrition Coalition

  • Christopher Taylor, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND

    Program Director, Coordinated Dietetics Program

    School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences – College of Medicine at The Ohio State University