What were the big food trends in 2005? According to USA Today, interest in the low-carb Atkins diet waned; American dieters started thinking about a French woman; the Food Pyramid got a new look; scientists told the food and beverage industry to clean up its act when marketing to kids; and the debate about being overweight continues.

Here’s a quick glance at these trends:

* The low-carb-diet lost steam after Atkins Nutritionals sought bankruptcy-court protection this year. The meat-lovers' plan has been the hottest diet craze of the past decade, but sales of Atkins' low-carb products plummeted this year. Many dieters moved to more moderate low-carb plans like the South Beach Diet.

* Another popular diet book was French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano. The basic message of the book is to eat only good food and savor every morsel: eat three meals a day; keep portions small; use lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables; drink plenty of water; savor wine; walk everywhere, including up and down the stairs; and allow yourself treats every once in a while.

* The government's Food Pyramid got a new look that you can find at: www.MyPyramid.gov. The pyramid now sports vertical stripes representing food categories. Kids got their own version from USDA called MyPyramid for Kids. There's also a MiPirámide for Spanish speakers.

* After a year in which several studies raised concerns about childhood obesity, an Institute of Medicine report called for drastic changes in the way foods and beverages are advertised and marketed to kids.

Popular cartoon characters should push only healthful foods, and companies must offer children more foods and beverages that are lower in calories, fat, salt and sugar and higher in nutrients.

* Medical experts are concerned because extra pounds increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and many other diseases. But a government study suggests that weighing too much may not cost as many lives as previously believed and may actually provide some health advantages.