Let Michelle Obama Eat Ribs!


BE WARNED:

This post may ruffle a few feathers, and I hope it does.

For the record, I have voted Republican in every election in which I’ve voted. If you typically vote Democrat, I hope you’re still reading, because if you continue, you’ll like me a whole lot more very soon…I promise.

The gloves are coming off today. I’ve had it with childhood obesity. I’m sick and tired of seeing morbidly-obese 11 year olds. I’m sick and tired of no one taking a stand and putting good, healthy food in front of our kids. In case you haven’t heard, Mrs. Obama has been on an anti-childhood-obesity campaign for about a year now. It started with her “Let’s Move” Campaign and has now spread to our schools and possibly even to your favorite restaurant.

She is setting out to improve school lunches, making them more nutritious while ensuring our children are educated about their food decisions. She has also approached the National Restaurant Association about offering smaller portion sizes and healthier choices on kids’ menus. As a registered Republican, I support Mrs. Obama 100% on this! Yet, for some reason, there are folks out there who think what Mrs. Obama is doing is bad. How in the WORLD can this be a bad thing?

NEVER FEAR, PALIN AND LIMBAUGH ARE HERE!

People, WAKE UP! We are fat. As a nation we are ballooning to our heaviest average weight EVER. Almost 34% of us are considered obese, and we are 20 pounds heavier than we were 40 years ago. Yet, Republican such as Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh don’t seem to think it’s an issue.

Palin is quoted as saying, “What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat.”

Yes, Mrs. Palin, that’s exactly what she’s saying. When 60% of our population is considered obese, I’d say there is a HUGE connection between what the parent models and what the child adopts as a habit or practice. I DON’T think we as a society can be trusted, because to this point, we haven’t shown that we can be trusted otherwise.

She then continued with, “just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions.”

Interesting. Just for kicks, let’s say that 60% of us were alcoholics. Would you be as complacent and quick to tell Mrs. Obama to “get off our back” and allow those parents to demonstrate alcoholism and alcohol abuse to their pre-teen and teenage children? Absolutely not! You would be congratulating her on taking a stand against a horrible disease while demonizing those parents who have raised their children in that environment. In case you didn’t know, when it comes to food, as parents go, so go their children.

Rush Limbaugh had some interesting comments for Mrs. Obama. He said that she is suggesting we eat “roots, berries and tree bark” but criticized her eating fattening ribs. He said that as a leader, she should lead by example. Mr. Limbaugh, I agree. Leaders should lead by example. I’m assuming that’s why you let yourself balloon to near 300 pounds. Were you leading our country in our obesity epidemic? You lost a ton of weight. You changed your eating habits and began exercising (he denies having gastric bypass surgery). Kudos to you! I would think that you, of all people, would be able to empathize with what Mrs. Obama is attempting to do. As a leader (let’s face it, you are) are you saying that it’s ok to be obese? You sure weren’t going to settle for that with your own body…why should our children have to?

Rest assured, Republican party, there are some of us still using our heads. Like myself, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and New Jersey governor Chris Christie both agree with Mrs. Obama. Both spoke about the obesity epidemic from personal experience. Mr. Christie said he has struggled with his weight for over 30 years while Mr. Huckabee once lost over 100 pounds! Mr. Huckabee praised Mrs. Obama for “calling attention to a serious problem” rather than calling for government intrusion.

And, then you have the blog of Jenny Erikson (I hesitate to even link to her page knowing that there’s no such thing as bad publicity and this will only fuel her fire.) Mrs. Erikson claims that, “Changing menus is not going to slenderize America. People who eat 5,000 calories a day and feed their kids three scoops of ice cream nightly are going to keep doing that.” Isn’t that all the MORE reason to make sure our schools are feeding our kids healthy meals? There are far too many children who eat breakfast, lunch and an after-school snack at school. If they’re getting three scoops of ice cream at home, then we have to work that much harder when they are away from home. Putting healthy choices in front of them at school may be the only time during their day when they get educated about food.

Mrs. Erikson, I’m sure you have it all together and you don’t need the government jumping in (after all, you were “insulted” by Mrs. Obama), but it sounds like the rest of the population could use a little help and encouragement.

LET THE WOMAN EAT!

Mrs. Obama is getting attacked and ridiculed, and for what? For trying to stop a deadly epidemic? Give me a break! Stop criticizing her for eating ribs. If you have a balanced diet you can afford to splurge every now and then. Mrs. Obama can eat ribs when she’s getting real food in the rest of her diet. Let the First Lady use the platform that she’s been given. If I can borrow Mrs. Palin’s words…get off her back!

We need more programs like Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” and like The Egoscue Foundation’s “Patch Project Initiative.” Like Mr. Limbaugh said, we as leaders need to lead. That’s why you’ll see me, for one, providing real food for my children and keeping them active throughout their lives. I hope you decide to do the same, whether the government tells you to or not.

What are your thoughts on Mrs. Obama’s initiative? What healthy steps have you taken to make sure your family is as healthy as possible?

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