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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Michelle Obama Could Not Eat This Meal in Most Public Schools.

This must be an example of "do as I say, not as I do".

I don't care what Michelle Obama eats. She is an adult and can make her own food decisions. This does not hold true for public school students. Children buying lunch at many schools now have food choices dictated by the Federal government. They do not have the chance to make a "good" food decision or an "unhealthy" food decision. It has been made for them by various Federal departments such as the Interior, Health and Human Services, Agriculture and Education agencies.

If Mrs. Obama wants to indulge in a 1,700 calorie meal every once in a while, she should have that right. Conversely, if a school student wants to have chocolate milk at school, he/she should be able to make that choice for themselves. That's a choice that has been pulled from many school cafeterias.

And a carton of chocolate milk is 1/10 the calories of the meal Mrs. Obama enjoyed at the Shake Shack.

Read more from HotAir on the issue of making personal choices and why Mrs. Obama's actions in terms of her rhetoric on dictating childrens' menus seem a bit disingenuous:

The First Lady — and the four agencies tapped by Congress to create the new guidelines (the Federal Trade Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and the Agriculture Department) – might like to pin the blame for the nation’s shocking rates of childhood obesity (one in three kids!) on the food and beverage industry and the $2 billion the industry spends annually to market its products to kids but, until parents and guardians (and, at a certain age, the children themselves) take responsibility for what kids eat, weight problems will persist.

In the Washington Post article, one proponent of the new guidelines said, “We allow companies into our homes to manipulate children to want food that will make them sick.” But that’s the catch: We allow. If parents don’t want their kids to see that Happy Meal commercial, they can mute the TV or turn the channel or, better yet, turn off the TV entirely and go play with their kids outside.

In the meantime, one economic analysis suggested the government’s guidelines would kill 75,000 jobs annually, which, to me, makes opposition to their proposal a no-brainer at a time of 9.2 percent unemployment. (emphasis added)


  1. How many calories will it be later this evening? Your reporter - Natalie is over paid if she can't even get the calorie count correct when she set out to slam the first lady.

  2. If you read the link embedded in the story from the Washington Post, you would have stumbled upon the correction from the Post reporter:

    "Update: We made a mistake in our original calculations. The calorie-count for the first lady’s order was actually 1,700, not the 1,556 we originally reported. Our apologies".

    Read the article again and note the correction. I stand by the 1700 calorie amount, unless you want to contact the Post and take its reporters to task. Maybe it will be more calories later tonight if she adds dessert.

  3. My apologies. Natalie did get it wrong the first time and she should have gotten it correct the first time. Maybe she thought it was a plain hamburger instead of a cheeseburger? Regardless, what's the normal calorie intake for an adult woman, 2000 for the entire day?

  4. @ ac repair in Vienna: I think you, like Michelle Obama have missed the point entirely. "Do as I say, and not as I do" is completely hypocritical regardless of the calorie count calculation. Your socialist, elitist first lady has no business, just like the rest of the federal government telling anyone what they should eat.


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