Tuesday, April 19, 2005

We weren't confused enough before?

The federal government has decided the old Food Pyramid (a re-make of the even older Food Triangle) is not up-to-snuff. I guess we were confused about it: Exactly which food group do Cheetos fall into?

So, like any good government bureaucracy, the Department of Agriculture has created 12 new models: where one wasn't good enough before, now we need twelve. Said the USDA in a press release,
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today unveiled MyPyramid, a new symbol and interactive food guidance system. "Steps to a Healthier You," MyPyramid's central message, supports President Bush's HealthierUS initiative which is designed to help Americans live longer, better and healthier lives. MyPyramid, which replaces the Food Guide Pyramid introduced in 1992, is part of an overall food guidance system that emphasizes the need for a more individualized approach to improving diet and lifestyle.
So, wanting to learn what MY PYRAMID looks like, I went to the website, and I was greeted with a stern message: Under Construction. Like, what, I'm in need of a major overhaul? I need the federal government to tell me that?

The new food guidance system utilizes interactive technology found on the website, MyPyramid.gov. I don't know what they were thinking inside the Beltway, but it's going to be awfully tough to put the new pyramids on the back of a box of cereal.

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