Inside obesity and ethnicity
The Spanish language version of the USDA’s new “My Plate” icon.
August 2nd, 2012
12:49 PM ET

Inside obesity and ethnicity

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) – It’s been just over a year since the USDA replaced its old food pyramid with a color-coded plate icon. The plate, containing four sections of different sizes, represents kinds of food we should eat and how much. But has it helped in efforts to reverse the climbing obesity rates in the US?

[0:40] “We predict that by the year 2030, obesity rates will increase 42-percent,” said the Center for Disease Control’s Dr. Eric Finkelstein.

This is actually a “good news/bad news” statement. The good news portion is that prediction of a 42-percent increase is lower than the more than 50-percent increase originally forecast.

[1:04] “Certainly the rise is increasing at a decreasing rate,” Finkelstein said.

Finkelstein’s report on obesity rates in the US is an average. There are some segments of the population where there is no decrease in the increase.