Considering that more than one-third (35 percent or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans remain a critical tool for consumers and health professionals. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer – some of the leading causes of preventable death.
To address these significant public health issues and offer general nutrition recommendations, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are revised every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
The final, 7th meeting of the 2015 DGAC was Dec. 15. In early 2015, this committee’s report will be submitted to the Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. After submission, a Federal Register notice will announce the availability of the report, a public comment period and date of a public meeting to provide input to the federal government on the report. In the fall of 2015, the two government departments are slated to jointly release the 8th edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.