White House Protest: Feds Urged to Consider Power Plate over MyPyramid
Last month, PCRM led doctors and dietitians in a protest outside the White House. The event highlighted the government’s refusal to consider the Power Plate, a healthy alternative to the confusing MyPyramid.
The doctors, carrying a 6-foot-high Power Plate and led by PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., also delivered letters to President Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack calling on them to replace MyPyramid with the Power Plate. Earlier this month, PCRM sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for ignoring a petition to replace MyPyramid with the Power Plate.
“Americans are getting fatter and sicker by the day,” Dr. Barnard said. “If we’re going to beat this national crisis, the federal government must offer straightforward, accurate advice on the power of vegetarian foods to fight obesity. Our Power Plate offers lifesaving advice, and it is simple enough for a child to follow.”
The Power Plate was developed by PCRM dietitians as a replacement for the USDA’s confusing MyPyramid food guide. The Power Plate is a simple, colorful graphic depicting a plate divided into four food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. There are no confusing portion sizes or food hierarchies to follow. The Power Plate simply asks people to eat a variety of all four food groups each day.
Since the first Food Pyramid was introduced nearly two decades ago, obesity and diabetes have become commonplace. About 27 percent of young adults are now too overweight to qualify for military service, and an estimated one in three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes.
PCRM’s lawsuit asks the USDA and HHS to address the worsening epidemics of obesity and diet-related diseases by exercising their joint authority under the National Nutrition Monitoring & Related Research Act to withdraw the MyPyramid diagram and adopt the Power Plate food diagram and dietary guidelines.
For more information on this healthy alternative to MyPyramid, visit ThePowerPlate.org.
PCRM Online, February 2011