Skip to comments.Farewell, Food Pyramid; Meet Your New $2 Million Replacement, a Plate
Posted on 05/31/2011 8:11:08 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
As of this coming Thursday, the food pyramid -- that symbol of healthy eating -- is going to go the way of the real pyramids and becoming a thing of the past. This week, the Obama administration will be unveiling a new graphic to tell American consumers what quantities of grains, fruits and vegetables, protein and dairy they should eat to maintain a healthy diet. The pyramid is to be replace by a plate, with four different-colored sections indicating how much of each food group the United States Department of Agriculture recommends and is a "crucial element of the administration's crusade against obesity" led by first lady Michelle Obama, as the New York Times says.
Half of the sections on the plate will be for fruits and vegetables. A smaller circle beside it will indicate a day's dairy allowance. This new logo, which cost about $2 million to develop and promote, is meant to educate Americans about new federal dietary guidelines released in January.
Nutritionists and public health officials are not mourning the passing of the food pyramid which was introduced in 1992. The original idea was to have food groups that one eats larger portions of -- fruits, vegetables, grains -- at the wider base. Dairy and protein were to be placed towards the pointy top of the pyramid. However, the dairy and meat industries objected, saying that their products were being "stigmatized" (I guess they didn't see being at the top of the pyramid as being at the "summit" and "crown"?).
A revised pyramid, MyPyramid, was released in 2005, but designed in such a way that whatever nutritional information it was to communicate was rendered almost useless:
[MyPyramid] turned the old hierarchy on its side, with vertical brightly colored strips standing in for the different food groups. It also showed a stick figure running up the side to emphasize the need for exercise.
Just from the descriptions of it, the new symbol -- there's debate about what to call it, as two things it resembles, "pie chart" and "pizza," have some rather non-healthy associations -- makes sense to me. Most of us eat our meals off a plate (or from a similarly shaped bowl), rather than anything like a pyramid. One could say, the new logo is tastefully democratic, although the dairy industry might object to the satellite-sidekick status allotted to their products with the little circle to the side.
Will you miss MyPyramid? More to the point, will the new logo help people make healthy choices about what to eat, or was that $2 million better spent?
I posted this earlier today, and I STILL think it's darn funny, LOL!
A PLATE! What an original idea!
Nanny State PING!
Please don’t worry. We will continue to do what our ancestors did and send the primal raspberry to the current-but-not-for-long powers that be.
Where will ribs and ice cream go?
Let's flush the whole 0bama Regime!
was that around 4 o’clock? (More Pie should have been eaten by now!)
Or like a friend used to say, be sure to eat from each of the four Food Groups every day:
Regular Food, Health Food, Junk Food, and Beer.
“or was that $2 million better spent?”
That might be what the government’s spent (I think it’s higher, though)
.....but private industry will end up spending way...way...waaaayyyy more. Probably hundreds of millions.
Which...you and I will end up paying.
I so love your pie plate!!!!!
Saw your post earlier today too - rotflol!!!!
Has a bureaucrat EVER looked at something and said, “I think that’s good enough as it is?”
Now, the trick is to come up with the $675,000 grant proposal to study the cumulative effects of introducing the new food pie chart and obsoleting the “old” food pyramid. Or, perhaps one could develop a $1,123,650. grant request for studying the effects of global warming upon childhood obesity. Or, just stick to a study on the economic effects of Michelle 0bama wearing boob belts and the resulting effects on leather goods.
People are making tons of money off the kilotons of flaming horses**t spun off by this administration and I’m unashamed to admit that I wish I was getting some of it. As opposed to the “military-industrial complex” is it the “social justice” complex? Enquiring minds want some o’ dat money!
Holy dog crap! A $2M a plate dinner? Sounds like a Soetoro fundraiser on his way to the $1B War Chest!
The new pryamid is not going to be Brawndo? Its got electrolytes.
It’s got what plants crave.
Is the plate biodegradable?
“Will you miss MyPyramid?” Not as much as I’ll miss the 2 million bucks! Moochelle the ex-lawyer is no more qualified to mandate nutritional changes than her husband is qualified to run the auto industry. Enough!
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