Food pyramid gets makeover

MyPlate replaces pyramid

Nutritionists have been criticizing the outdated “food pyramid” for years, and First Lady Michelle Obama took matters into her own hands recently when she unveiled a new, simpler concept to replace it, according to The New York Times.

Obama, U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin revealed MyPlate at a news conference in Washington, D.C., in early June. The plate is split into four sections to represent fruit, vegetables, grains and protein, and a small circle sits outside the pyramid for dairy products. A website,, elaborates on the plate’s thoughtful design and features tips on how to make healthful choices.

Obama created the concept as part of her ongoing crusade against obesity. Government officials plan to use MyPlate in a campaign that will roll out in phases, and will encourage consuming large quantities of fruits and vegetables, and discourage overeating and sugary drinks.