Thursday, May 03, 2012

The unhealthy plate

You probably know by now that I work in public health. My program is currently working on the issue of childhood obesity (and obesity in general).  This picture is what people at the Harvard School of Public Health thinks people should be eating. Overall, I agree with this plan, and I try (try!) to eat this way. I try to serve lots of fruits and veggies, smaller portions of protein, and I don't do really well with the whole grains, but I try. I use healthy oils in my cooking.

The problem is, this is not how most people eat.

My family attended an event last night, and I made an image representing the meal we had. I call it The Unhealthy Plate.  Here it is:

First of all, look at the color. Everything on the unhealthy plate is yellow. We ate chicken breast with gravy, potatoes, corn on the cob, washed it down with soda, and had ice cream and cake for dessert. There wasn't a vegetable or fruit anywhere in sight. I know, technically potatoes and corn are vegetables, but they are starchy vegetables. There were no leafy greens, nothing green at all in fact, nothing red or orange... And it was delicious. But not healthy.

So. Where does this leave us?

Well...there is the ideal. And there is reality. And that's the problem, I think.


mother in israel said...

I've been pretty unhappy about what some of my children have been eating lately. But the chart made me feel a little better, although we have a ways to go.

Karen said...

Ah...the yellow plate. All-American. We do tend to eat so many unhealthy things, and they DO taste good, and it's always a struggle. Thanks for sharing the two plates -- it's definitely "food for thought"!

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