THE FOOD PYRAMID….I wouldn’t normally do this, but Gerry Daly wonders what I think about the federal government spending $2.5 million on the new food pyramid that I mocked a few days ago. That got me thinking:
Do I approve of the federal government spending money on public health issues? Yes.
Are nutrition and obesity important components of public health? Of course.
Is public awareness an important part of the government’s overall public health mission? Definitely.
Would I approve of an ad campaign urging parents to get their kids vaccinated? Sure.
So: do I approve of the government’s desire to increase awareness of the public health issues of nutrition and obesity? I don’t see why not.
But: do I like the pyramid? No. Do I think $2.5 million is too much to spend on the redesign? Maybe. Depends on what the Department of Agriculture got for its money. $2.5 million is actually a pretty lean budget for a nationwide PR campaign ? though rather a lot if it consists solely of logo and website development.
I guess the bottom line is that although I’m skeptical that their latest effort was worth the money, I think that proselytizing for better nutrition is, in general, a perfectly reasonable thing for the federal government to do. After all, if they can spend money on abstinence-only sex education, why not better eating habits?