MyPlate, your plate
Does a plate of food more closely relate with Americans than a pyramid of food? The most recent version of the food pyramid, with colored striped on the triangle was unclear and a massive step back from the original food pyramid. The Obama administration introduced MyPlate, a dinner plate that looks like a 7th grader’s uneven pie chart,
Some who have seen the logo compared it with a pie chart, though dessert is hardly the association that the administration would like to conjure up. Others likened it to a pizza cut into slices (equally unpalatable for officials). One person said it called to mind a painting by the artist Mark Rothko, who was known for canvases with blocks of color. Those who had seen it would speak only on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized by the administration to discuss it.
How many people find this chart to be new information? The people who need help with their weight control, or who are learning about food need more detailed information than a section on a plate. Portion control is important when dieting, but the old tiered pyramid showing exactly what foods classified and their serving sizes could be interpreted in less ways. Keeping things simple is effective, but with too much simplicity and not enough facts, their is less consistency when determining the proper way to go about a healthy eating style.
Dr. Post believes it was the right step
You paid $2 million dollars to change the old pyramid, according to the Washington Post, Dr. Post who developed this concept had a few words of his own about MyPlate,
It’s grabbing the consumers’ attention that we are after this time, not making it so complicated that perhaps it is a turnoff,” said Robert Post of USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. “There is something really inviting about this familiar setting for meal time.”
Why wouldn’t this grab people’s attention? It’s radically different than the food pyramid guide we’ve known for years. The fact it grabs attention doesn’t mean it’s effective or educational. Like when Janet Jackson grabbed the attention of millions of Americans during the superbowl, it meant nothing besides something that was risque.
Attention grabbing or not, we’ll have to see how the next few years plays out. The Obama administration is proactive with efforts to improve the health of Americans — something that should be commended. Skeptics and supports alike must wait to measure the changes/effectiveness in our health brought about by MyPlate.