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US Dietary Guidelines Infographics 2015

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An evolutionary word analysis of the 2015 ~ 2020 US Dietary Guidelines for America (DGA) by FoodMinds. The most significant change in the content of the DGAs has been a shift in focus from individual foods and single nutrients to a recognition that overall eating patterns matter most. In addition, the recommendations have increasingly acknowledged the importance of personal, traditional and cultural needs and preferences as well as budgetary limits. In addition AFRIS has included FoodMind's visual depiction of how DGA buzzwords have changed over time

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US Dietary Guidelines Infographics 2015

  1. 1. Words Matter – 40 Years of Dietary Guidelines FoodMinds Analysis by the Words 3RD foodminds.com© 2016 FoodMinds The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) will serve as the cornerstone of nutrition policy and programming through 2020. Published every five years since 1980, this marks the 8th edition of the DGAs. FoodMinds completed a word content analysis of 40 years looking at dietary guidance. Total Word Count As waistlines have expanded, so have the words in the DGAs. Top Five Words A strong shift from individual foods and single nutrients to an emphasis on overall healthy eating patterns. Fat Fat Fat Fat Sugar Fat Fat Pattern Sugar Diet Choose Calorie Fat Calorie Calorie Fat Diet Weight Weight Grain Diet Weight Nutrient Healthy Cholesterol Calorie Healthy Milk Fiber Diet Cooked Calorie Sodium & Avoid Health Vegetable Nutrient Weight Vegetable Milk Nutrient 1980 1990 2000 2010 1985 1995 2005 2015 1ST 1ST 1ST 1ST 1ST 1ST 1ST 1ST 2ND 2ND 2ND 2ND 2ND 2ND 2ND 2ND 3RD 3RD 3RD 3RD 3RD 3RD 3RD 4TH 4TH 4TH 4TH 4TH 4TH 4TH 4TH 5TH 5TH 5TH 5TH 5TH 5TH 5TH 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015 3,159 4,172 5,390 10,054 14,359 33,926 53,262 51,998 Powered by FoodMinds, © 2016 foodminds.com Powered by FoodMinds, © 2016 foodminds.com 5TH
  2. 2. 1980 Select DGA Buzzwords Through the Years “Patterns” becomes the number one word in 2015, representing a historic shift in the DGAs. Fat Calorie Individual Saturated Sugar Sodium Variety Shift Trans Balance Moderation Pattern600 500 400 300 200 100 0 FoodMinds, LLC conducted the above word analysis via word cloud generator program wordle.net. Text from each edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans was used to generate word clouds and calculate word frequencies. Common English words (e.g., a, the, of) were excluded from the analysis and frequencies of different forms of the same word (e.g., fat, fats, FAT) were combined. Less insightful words such as eating and food were also excluded from the analysis. foodminds.com Powered by FoodMinds, © 2016 foodminds.com Powered by FoodMinds, © 2016 foodminds.com Powered by FoodMinds, © 2016 foodminds.com Powered by FoodMinds, © 2016 foodminds.com 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015 2010 2015 Other Observations • Single nutrients are no longer the most prominent focus of the DGAs as they encourage Americans to shift toward healthy eating patterns. • The emphasis on balance and moderation has declined over time. • A new focus on the individual’s dietary needs and preferences has emerged. • Sustainability, recently a controversial topic, was mentioned just three times over 40 years of DGAs. FoodMinds, LLC is reporting on the word prominence and observed trends, not the quality of evidence referenced in the documents or perspectives implied by the words. © 2016 FoodMinds
  3. 3. Words Matter – 40 Years of Dietary Guidelines FoodMinds Analysis by the Words © 2016 FoodMinds © 2016 FoodMinds © 2016 FoodMinds © 2016 FoodMinds © 2016 FoodMinds © 2016 FoodMinds © 2016 FoodMinds © 2016 FoodMinds 1980 1990 2000 2010 1985 1995 2005 2015 Text from each edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans was used to generate the above word clouds via word cloud generator wordle.net. FoodMinds, LLC is reporting on the word prominence and observed trends, not the quality of evidence referenced in the documents or perspectives implied by the words. © 2016 FoodMinds foodminds.com

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