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USA Today reports that the US Department of Agriculture is close to making changes in the Food Guide Pyramid that has, since 1992, helped offer guidance to people about what and how much to eat.

The reason? Well, since almost two-thirds of the country is either overweight or obese, clearly something isn’t working.

The new goal, which has been pursued for more than two years as additional nutritional information has become available, is to tailor recommendations to people's ages and activity levels.

"A new version," USA Today wrote, "which might be a revised pyramid or a different image altogether, could have a major effect on what people eat."

While a final revised guide is not due out until 2005, the government is seeking comment from the public on a number of issues, including:

  • Preferred calorie recommendations for people with sedentary lifestyles.

  • Listing quantities in cups and ounces, instead of servings - which can vary from product to product.

KC's View:
Based on how confused consumers are about nutrition issues, we have a suggestion for an alternative shape if they describe to scrap the pyramid.

A maze.