“What right has the federal government to propose that the American people conduct a vast nutritional experiment, with themselves as subjects, on the strength of so little evidence?”
Phillip Handler, Ph.D., President, National Academy of Sciences, congressional testimony in response to Dietary Goals for the United States, 1980

THE PROBLEM

INCONCLUSIVE SCIENTIFIC DATA

40

YEARS AGO

Almost 40 years ago the Dietary Goals for the United States was established for all Americans to follow. Inconclusive scientific data were the basis for the guidelines.

DRAMATIC RISE IN OBESITY AND DIABETES RATES

Dietary guidelines have rarely been supported by research, with most studies being inconclusive. With guidelines that remain largely unchanged and no direction to Americans, obesity and diabetes rates continue to climb. The need for additional nutrition and disease research is undeniable.

NIH FUNDING FOR OBESITY RESEARCH

National Institutes of Health annually invests nearly $1 billion in obesity research, spread across thousands of studies and researchers. With funding disseminated so widely little progress is made.

811

$ MILLION

(Spent by NIH in 2013)

2335

OBESITY STUDIES

1755

RESEARCHERS FUNDED

292866

MEDIAN NIH $ GRANT SIZE

what if the problem is that we aren’t doing the right kind of research?