Uncle Sam's diet sensation: MyPyramid - An overview and commentary

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MyPyramid symbolizes the federal nutrition policy, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, replacing the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid. This Internet-based educational tool, available at http://MyPyramid.gov, provides general guidance for food selection from 5 food groups (grains, vegetables, fruit, milk, meat and beans). Additionally, MyPyramid addresses the obesity crisis by placing a strong emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity. Although some experts praise this new, interactive pyramid, many believe that the government missed an opportunity to direct Americans toward healthier diets. Furthermore, the information available at MyPyramid.gov is not likely to be accessed by the populations that need it most: the underprivileged. Because obesity prevention programs structured only to educate and inform have generally been unsuccessful, the federal government must take the next step and revise agriculture policies and programs to promote healthy eating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number78
JournalMedGenMed Medscape General Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005


  • Dietary guidelines
  • Federal nutrition policy
  • MyPyramid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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