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Publications from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide objective and straightforward advice to decision makers and the public. This site includes Health and Medicine Division (HMD) publications released after 1998. A complete list of HMD’s publications from its establishment in 1970 to the present is available as a PDF.

  • Leveraging Food Technology for Obesity Prevention and ... Released: July 27, 2011
    In order to help reduce the obesity burden on the American population, behavioral scientists have emphasized building an evidence base for understanding what drives the energy imbalance in overweight and obese individuals. Food scientists have tapped into this evidence to develop food technologies that can increase the healthfulness of the food supply by reducing energy density, increasing fruit and vegetable intake, and controlling food portion sizes. The IOM held a workshop November 2-3, 2010, to bring together stakeholders to discuss the opportunities and challenges in using food technology to help individuals with long-term weight maintenance.
  • Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies : Health and ... Released: June 23, 2011
    Even the youngest children in the United States are at risk of becoming obese. To combat this growing problem and contribute to efforts in obesity prevention in young children, the IOM reviewed factors related to overweight and obesity from birth to age five, with a focus on nutrition, physical activity, and sedentary behavior. The IOM recommends that healthcare providers take opportunities to make parents aware of their child’s excess weight early on. In addition, the IOM recommends that parents and child care providers keep children active throughout the day, provide them with healthy diets, limit screen time, and ensure children get an adequate amount of sleep.
  • Nutrition and Traumatic Brain Injury: Improving Acute and ... Released: April 20, 2011
    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for up to one-third of combat-related injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to some estimates. TBI is also a major problem among civilians, especially those who engage in certain sports. At the request of the Department of Defense, the IOM examined the potential role of nutrition in the treatment of and resilience against TBI.
  • Hunger and Obesity: Understanding a Food Insecurity ... Released: March 17, 2011
    Researchers have long observed food insecurity— difficulty providing food for all one’s family members, known as hunger in its most severe form —and obesity occurring together in the same communities, families, and individuals. But the relationship of these two problems is not well-understood. The IOM held a workshop November 16-18, 2010, to explore the relationship between food insecurity and obesity, the current state of the research, and the data and analyses needed to better understand their relationship.
  • Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D : Health ... Released: November 30, 2010
    Calcium and vitamin D are two essential nutrients long known for their role in bone health. However, the public has heard conflicting messages about the benefits of calcium and vitamin D and also about how much they need to be healthy. The IOM concludes that there is a strong body of evidence that substantiates the importance of vitamin D and calcium in promoting bone growth and maintenance but there is little evidence of other health benefits.
  • Planning a WIC Research Agenda - Workshop Summary ... Released: November 12, 2010
    In 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture received $15 million to conduct research related to its Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, more commonly known as WIC. The IOM’s Food and Nutrition Board held a public workshop on July 20-21, 2010, to discuss priorities and needs for research on the short- and long-term health effects of the program.
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program: Aligning Dietary ... Released: November 04, 2010
    The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) supports the nutrition and health of more than 3 million infants and children and more than 114,000 impaired or older adults. At the request of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the IOM examined meal requirements for CACFP and recommends updates, consistent with current dietary guidance that promotes consuming more healthful, nutritious foods.
  • Providing Healthy and Safe Foods as We Age - Workshop ... Released: November 03, 2010
    Does a longer life mean a healthier life? The number of adults over 65 in the United States is growing, but many may not be aware that they are at greater risk from foodborne diseases and their nutritional needs change as they age. The IOM’s Food Forum held a workshop October 29-30, 2009, to discuss food safety and nutrition concerns for older adults and the future challenges to providing healthy and safe foods to aging populations.
  • Examination of Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems ... Released: October 13, 2010
    In recent years, food manufacturers have begun to include “front-of-package” (FOP) labeling on their food packaging to convey nutrition messages to consumers. In considering how FOP labeling should be used as a nutrition education tool in the future, the IOM concludes that it would be useful if FOP labeling declare calories, serving size, saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium, as this information is most closely related to obesity and prominent health conditions.
  • Enhancing Food Safety: The Role of the Food and Drug ... Released: June 08, 2010
    Foodborne illnesses cause hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths in the United States each year. At the request of Congress, the IOM examined gaps in the current food safety system under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration.