MyPlate and Childhood Obesity

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the United States Department of Agriculture in 2011, replacing the Food Pyramid. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses how MyPlate can help you make healthy choices for you and your children.

Dr. Hill:

MyPlate uses multi-colored symbols and converts the Food Pyramid to look like an actual plate. The pyramid contained similar information, but looking at MyPlate helps us to see what portion of each food should be eaten.

This model is useful for you to educate your children about the components of a balanced meal. MyPlate uses a schematic of a plate divided into four sectionstwo larger ones for vegetables and grains and two smaller sections for fruits and proteins. A cup at the side of the plate reminds you to include a dairy product with your meal.

These guidelines remind us all to control portions, eat more nutrient-rich foods and avoid salty, sugary foods.

As a parent, you have an opportunity every day to champion healthy eating in every setting, from meals to snacks. MyPlate provides a good guide to help you with those decisions.

MyPlate encourages portion control and eating more fruits and vegetables. Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for more information about MyPlate and some helpful links about nutrition. 

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.