The food pyramid was designed to promote the health and nutrition of certain foods that should be consumed daily. The food pyramid is divided into five groups: grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and protein. It was essentially designed to let kids get an understanding of the food groups and how to use the pyramid to maintain a good, healthy balanced lifestyle. The pictures in the food group gives the kids an example so they can make better decisions when choosing which foods to eat. By separating the food into groups, it allows the kids to analyze the foods into the proper group which will help balance their foods as well. The MyPlate replaced the food pyramid on June 2, 2011 because the United States Department of Agriculture wanted to promote healthier eating by incorporating a plate that is relatable to every kids’ plate. MyPlate replaced the food pyramid because the plate reveals a newer and simpler image of a plate divided into plate sections. The food pyramid relates to the problem of child obesity because it is advice on the intake of daily foods which can lead to dieting and exercise. It makes the point that all fatty foods are bad and everything on the pyramid is good(with specific serving sizes). The MyPlate relates to the issue of child obesity because according to Mrs. Obama, “This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating. We’re all bombarded with so many dietary messages that it’s hard to find time to sort through all this information, but we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates.” In the New York Times article, it mentions, “The new design, called MyPlate, was conceived as a crucial part of Mrs. Obama’s campaign against obesity, designed to remind consumers about the basics of a healthful diet.” Therefore, there are regulations for the MyPlate that sort of governs the way kids should be eating in order for them to lose weight/have a balanced meal. The thesis of the overall food pyramid/MyPlate is that the kids’ perception of the food pyramid promotes their decision about eating healthy or not.
The food pyramid graphic first appeared in Sweden in 1972 which was to develop the concept of basic, supplemental, cheap foods that can add nutrition into someone’s life. The Swedish food pyramid was created by Anna-Britt Agnaster(chief of a kitchen). The overall purpose of the food pyramid was to establish a eating habit that was cheap and helpful for everyone’s health. The food pyramid, when it first came out, graphics were designed with so much detail so it could give specific examples of what children should be eating in order to maintain a balanced healthy lifestyle. When it was the nineties and the pyramid was first introduced it was important to make sure that all kids were understanding the meaning of “healthy”. The categorical foods also had serving sizes to better help the kids know how to balance the foods they eat as they consume them. After decades The MyPlate was the new was for kids to understand eating healthy by eliminating specificity and implementing eating healthy in a simplistic way. This helped because it was not comparing serving sizes with healthiness due to many factors of children eating on a completely different scales.
The USDA announced that changing the food pyramid to the plate models a look into healthier eating. The changes were added because the nation’s nutritional experts believe they found the “perfect geometry” for depicting what kids should eat. “Arriving in the midst of an obesity epidemic, this new at-a-glance guide to healthful eating is meant to remind consumers to limit heavy foods and beef up on the greens.” It seems as if the food pyramid was getting old and in need of a new way of eating healthy as the child obesity percentage was rising. The experts came up with something new because change is better. Robb MacKie, head of the American Bakers Association stated, “It;s brilliant in its simplicity.” He is basically saying that the average kid can view the design and get a sense of the healthy visual look to a healthy meal on a plate.
People should care about the food pyramid graphics because the images depict a perfect example for eating healthy. It has labels and images that strengthen a persons meal by incorporating serving sizes and different categories with different types of healthy foods. The graphics show variety which is important when it comes to people eating a balanced meal with different nutritional values and taste. The graphics also sets limits which is important when it comes to eating too much or too little. The perfect limit on the food, the better the person will feel as they intake the perfect balance. The graphics also should be cared about because it is easy to understand. It has a plan for people to work within and also provides the foods necessary for improvement.