29 January 2011

PCRM protests White House with 6' tall 'Power Plate'

Angered by the White House's almost non-existent response to the growing epidemic of obesity in the United States, as well as refusal to review alternatives to the USDA's MyPyramid, earlier this week the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) delivered a six foot tall illustration of their alternative, the Power Plate.

"The Power Plate is a simple, colorful graphic depicting a plate divided into four food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes," said PCRM President Dr. Neil Barnard. "There are no confusing portion sizes and food hierarchies to follow; the Power Plate simply asks people to eat a variety of all four food groups each day."

The Power Plate is based on research supporting the nutritional value of plant-based diets. The traditional food pyramid has been in use for nearly 20 years and obesity and diabetes have only become worse.

PCRM entered a lawsuit against the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services in the early part of January, 2011, after having their petition requesting the Power Plate replace MyPyramid ignored.

Eric Storms | @veganrunningdad
Eric is a vegan living in the San Francisco Bay area with his two great kids and amazing wife, all three are vegan as well. He is a network engineer by day, part time college student by night, and competes in running half-marathons, 10k, and 5k races throughout the area. Eric is looking to spread the word about the benefits of a plant-based diet for endurance athletes.

Photo credit: Michael K Wilkinson