This new concept of “My Plate” is to show the people that the concept of nutrition must not be made complicated.
The colorful design, called MyPlate, was unveiled by First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
26.7 percent of the total US population is obese, and no single state has been able to meet the 15 percent obesity limit set by the US government, according to 2009 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A White House task force found last year that close to one third of children in America are overweight or obese, and obesity rates among youths have tripled since 1980.
Obama said the MyPlate icon will be useful in the fight against childhood obesity, but would not be limited to that age group.
The official site of choosemyplate.gov has written:
● Enjoy your food, but eat less.
● Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to Increase
● Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
● Make at least half your grains whole grains.
● Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
Foods to Reduce
● Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.
● Drink water instead of sugary drinks.”