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U.S. Food Pyramid Could Be Reshaped

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Williamsburg, Va. --- Food scientist Eric Hentges gets asked a lot of questions about what people should eat.

But the most pressing question he's been asked in recent months is about a simple shape: Is the food pyramid going to change?

Hentges, executive director of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said Friday that it might.

Among the possibilities: a circle, rectangle and square.

"I get asked more questions about the food pyramid than anything else," Hentges told an audience during a session on the last day of the Time/ABC News Summit on Obesity.

The government is revising nutritional guidelines for Americans that will probably have a new approach toward more personalized information, he said. The guidelines will be reflected in the new pyramid, or circle, or whatever shape it takes.

"We're going to take public comment on it over the summer and then decide," Hentges said. "Everyone will have an opportunity to comment."

Copyright 2004 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


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