New food pyramid is MyPyramid
By David Liu
Apr 19, 2005, 22:52
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After a long time of discontent with the old long-lived food pyramid, a new food pyramid called mypyramid has been finally created.
The problem with the old food pyramid is that it does not work for most people. Eighty percent of Americans know the food pyramid, but 60 plus percent are overweight. Because of this, the U.S. officials were thinking to get rid of the food pyramid, once for all.
Looking at the old pyramid with the old dietary guidelines, it's no wonder people get confused. First, it's too much information. Second, it's a "one size fits all" style. Third, the old dietary guidelines as well as the old pyramid did not serve as a standard. Say, you need to eat 6 to 11 servings of wheat a day. With that big a range, it's no wonder people couldn’t follow.
The new food pyramid, which is based on the 2005 US dietary guidelines, comes with a few nice features. It's basically solved the problems mentioned above. An individual can get his own food pyramid, so called mypyramid based on his age, sex, and physical activity. The pyramid specifies the servings with household measures such as cups and ounces. The concept of servings was always misunderstood in the old pyramid.
A big feature of the pyramid is that it comes with a website, which makes it easy for one to find his pyramid. For this, critics complained that the minority and elderly may have less access to the internet to get the dietary information while these groups are at a higher risk of being overweight.
Another feature of the new dietary guidelines, which was released in January 2005 and on which the new food pyramid is based, is that it emphasizes the physical activity and life style along with diet.
See details at Mypyramid.gov
personally i do think that americans are getting bigger by the minute, but these new, more user friendly, guidlines along with the "tracker" and the use of ounces and cups instead of servings, really is amazing, if simple, reoganization. well done USDA