What should I eat? Walter Willett

Headshot of Walter Willett

Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, has been instrumental in the development of the Healthy Eating Plate, a new user-friendly graphic that aims to help all of us make better decisions about diet and nutrition. This graphic depicts an ideal meal plate: half colorful vegetables, a quarter whole grains, and healthy protein on the rest. These portion recommendations are based on the most current research in the field of nutrition and offer a simpler and more up-to-date version of the old FDA food pyramid.

Curious about how you can change your diet for the better? Watch the following video interview with Dr. Willett to hear how he breaks down the latest and best science in an easy-to-understand way.


Skip ahead in the video to hear Dr. Willett talk about:

  • 0:15 - Simple ways we can improve our diet today
  • 2:23 - Popular misconceptions about healthy eating
  • 3:40 - How to stick to a healthy diet
  • 5:15 - Meal planning and nutrition advice for busy individuals
  • 6:20 - Tips for eating well on a budget
  • 8:05 - New research in the field of nutrition
  • 9:41 - What the Harvard School of Public Health is working on now
  • 11:05 - Three key ways to take charge of your own health