The challenges of nutrition policymaking

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Abstract

In my over three decades of work in the field of food and nutrition, I have participated in many efforts that seek new policy initiatives in the hopes that these programs can curb rates of obesity and chronic disease and help consumers make healthier dietary choices. Because of the profound effect that many of these policies have on consumers, the food environment, federal nutrition assistance programs and subsequent policy and regulatory recommendations, it is imperative that only the strongest, best available evidence is used to set policy. This review evaluates methods by which current nutrition policies use scientific research as well as provides recommendations for how best to ensure future nutrition policies are truly science-based and likely to have a meaningful impact on public health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number15
JournalNutrition Journal
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2015

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© 2015 Slavin.; licensee BioMed Central.

Keywords

  • Added sugars
  • Dietary guidance
  • Evidence based review
  • Nutrition policy
  • Sodium

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