It must be a slow news day when the media spends hundreds of words on discussing a chart that has yet to be unveiled. But the New York Times writer surely got it right with the opener: "Whatever you do, don't call it a pie chart."
We are being told that the government will replace the "food pyramid" with a food pie chart although they will call it something else. This thing which is not a pie chart has not been revealed yet but because chart purists have such political clout it was thought necessary to release a trial balloon on a holiday weekend to gauge what the response might be.
I think we should reserve our judgment till we see this thing.
In any case, the focus on encouraging people to eat the right proportions of foods is wrong-headed. Firstly, it is next to impossible for anyone to keep track of the distribution of foods consumed in any given day, unless you keep a diary. Secondly, nutritionists know that the biggest contributor to obesity is the quantity of food being eaten. Thus, a much more effective way is encouraging smaller portions, or knowing when to stop eating. This method also happens to be much easier to put into practice.