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Thursday, September 7 • 3:20pm - 4:00pm
Jumping out of the nutrition system, or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Dietary Guidelines

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Mainstream dietary guidance relies on nutritional epidemiology to draw conclusions about links between diet and chronic disease. In turn, nutritional epidemiology operates by extracting information from populations of carefully chosen individuals and sequestering it in unwieldy, if not proprietary, datasets. This information system creates a closed loop of nutrition research, clinical guidelines, and dietary policy that only returns information to individuals through a filter of obscure methodology distilled into one-size-fits-all guidance by experts burdened with ideological and institutional allegiances. This presentation explores a new project designed to democratize this process by bringing “n of 1” nutritional approaches together with the power of population-based information, enabling individuals, clinicians, and researchers to develop virtual “nearest neighbor” communities based on attributes that may affect health outcomes. This returns the power of population-based information to individuals and sidesteps the information system behind current dietary guidance to help create one reflecting ancestral health frameworks.

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Adele Hite

PhD candidate, MPH, RD
Adele Hite is a PhD student in communication, rhetoric, and digital media at North Carolina State University, as well as a registered dietitian. She has master’s degrees in English and in nutrition and has pursued graduate studies in nutrition epidemiology. She is policy chair and... Read More →

Thursday September 7, 2017 3:20pm - 4:00pm PDT
220 Kane Hall