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MICHELLE OBAMA: CHILD FAT IS ‘NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT’…

First
lady has new warning on obesity

By: Mike Allen
December 13, 2010
08:52 AM EST


First Lady Michelle Obama plans to warn in remarks Monday that the nation is
seeing “a groundswell of support” for curbing childhood obesity, and she is
unveiling new ammunition from current and retired military leaders.

“[M]ilitary leaders … tell us that when more than one in four young
people are unqualified for military service because of their weight,” the first
lady says in prepared remarks, “childhood obesity isn’t just a public health
threat, it’s not just an economic threat, it’s a national security threat as
well.”

The first lady and President Barack Obama are making a rare joint
speaking appearance on Monday, at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Northwest
D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, as he signs into law the Healthy,
Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

From Mrs. Obama’s prepared remarks:

“We can all agree that here in the wealthiest nation on earth, all
children should have the basic nutrition they need to learn and grow and pursue
their dreams. Because in the end, nothing is more important than the health and
well-being of our children…and our hopes for their future should drive every
decision we make. These are the basic values that we all share. They’re the
values that this bill embodies. And that’s why we’ve seen such a groundswell of
support for these efforts – not just from Members of Congress here in
Washington, but from folks in every corner of the country.

“From
educators working to provide healthier school meals, because they know the
connection between proper nutrition and academic performance. From doctors and
nurses who know that unhealthy kids grow into unhealthy adults – at risk for
obesity-related diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. From business
and labor leaders who know that we spend nearly $150 billion a year to treat
these diseases and worry about the impact on our economy. From advocates and
faith leaders who know that school meals are vital for combating child hunger,
feeding more than 31 million children a day.

 

“And from military leaders who tell us that when more than one in four young
people are unqualified for military service because of their weight, childhood
obesity isn’t just a public health threat…it’s not just an economic threat…it’s
a national security threat as well. These folks come at this issue from all
different angles. But they’ve come together to support this bill, because they
know that it’s the right thing to do for our kids. And they know that in the
long run, it won’t just save money, it will save LIVES.”

Among the
statements of support for the legislation gathered by the administration:

–Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, American Heart Association:
“With the implementation of this law, our nation’s kids will be less likely to
grow up with early risk factors for heart disease and stroke.”

–HHS
Secretary Sebelius: “By increasing the number of students eligible to enroll in
school meal programs and improving the quality of food served, this legislation
simultaneously tackles both hunger and the obesity levels.”

–Bill
Frist, heart surgeon, and former Senate Majority Leader: “I join President Obama
and the First Lady in celebrating the signing of … [t]his bipartisan legislation
… As a physician, I know smart nutrition leads to healthy and productive lives.”

–Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark, N.J.: “On behalf of Mission: Readiness
and over 100 retired generals and admirals who support child nutrition
legislation as a matter of national security, we are very pleased that the
nation has taken this important step in addressing the nation’s obesity
epidemic. Being overweight or obese is the No. 1 medical reason why young men
and women are unable to join the military.”

–Mike Huckabee, Arkansas
governor, 1996-2007: “Reversing the childhood obesity epidemic in a single
generation – as First Lady Michelle Obama has called upon our nation to do –
won’t be easy. … The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act makes great strides toward
eliminating this threat to our children’s health.”

White House to put up to 5,000 salad bars in schools

Lettuce pray

White House to put up to 5,000
salad bars in schools

by Ed Bruske
18 Nov 2010 7:33 AM
and Food Initiative Coordinator, help kids in the White House kitchen garden
harvest vegetables daydreaming of a salad bar.Photo: Samantha Appleton
First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to announce on Monday a major new
initiative that would place up to 5,000 salad bars in public schools nationwide,
despite uncertainties over how local health inspectors might treat those salad
bars and USDA nutrition-tracking rules that could prove a major impediment.
Officials in the White House, led by chef Sam Kass,
and at the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention, have been working to build a
coalition representing the produce industry and Ann Cooper, director of
nutrition services in Boulder, Colo. schools, who recently teamed with Whole Foods to raise $1.4
million from customers to establish a grant program that would place salad bars
in qualifying schools.
Under the initiative expected to be announced on Monday in Florida, where
First Lady Michelle Obama has taken her “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood
obesity, Cooper would manage applications for salad bars from the schools along
with distribution of funds to purchase necessary equipment.
One potential obstacle to the program is the refusal of many school districts
to install salad bars for food-safety reasons and because of cumbersome USDA
rules governing the federally subsidized school lunch program that feeds some 31
million U.S. school children every day.
Cooper named three school districts she knows of — Philadelphia, Austin,
Tex., and Montgomery County, Md., — that have already indicated they will not
support salad bars. Concerns have been raised that elementary school children in
particular might be prone to spread disease at salad bars because they are too
short for the standard “sneeze guard” installed on most salad bars, or because
they might use their hands instead of the serving utensils provided.
Cooper, who would not comment on the pending White House announcement, has
dismissed those concerns, saying, “As far as I’ve found out, there are no
documented disease outbreaks from school salad bars. By and large, this is not a
high risk area.”
But schools also are deterred by USDA regulations that require students to
pass by a cash register or “point of sale” station after they have been to the
salad bar to ensure that they have served themselves the correct portions of
fruits and vegetables required under the federal lunch program. In October, the
USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services division, which oversees the subsidized meal
program, circulated a memo saying that while it encourages the use of salad bars
in schools, school menu planners must tell students the minimum amounts they
must take from salad bars, cashiers “must be trained to judge accurately the
quantities of self-service items,” and point-of-sale registers “must be
stationed after the salad bar.”
Cooper has previously said USDA rules too often “don’t work on the ground”
and that forcing students to double back and pass a checkpoint after they’ve
been to the salad bar “slows everything down.”
Also, the CDC was trying to determine how local health inspectors might pass
judgment on salad bars scattered across the country and what federal health
requirements they might apply.
In addition to Cooper, the White House initiative participants are said to be
United Fresh Produce Association, the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, and
Whole Foods. The recent Whole Foods campaigns raised enough money to pay for
salad bars in 564 schools. Around 570 schools applied for salad bar grants.
Until now, the produce industry has been backing its own campaign to donate
salad bars to schools.
Michelle Obama has embraced more fruit and vegetable consumption as a major
plank in her efforts to improve American diets and combat weight-related
illnesses, especially among children. Kass, who directs the First
Lady’s nutrition efforts, was seen as central to bringing the various salad-bar
interests together and developing a unified effort under the White House
banner.
A reporter for the Washington Post in a previous life, I now tend my “urban
farm” about a mile from the White House in the District of Columbia and teach
kids something I call “food appreciation.” I believe in self-reliance, growing
food close to home and political freedom for the residents of the District of
Columbia. I am currently working to introduce local produce into the D.C. school
system. I write a daily food blog called The Slow Cook.

Mrs. Obama Wants $400M to Cut Drive Time Five Minutes

Mrs. Obama Wants $400M to Cut Drive Time Five Minutes

October 28th, 2010

Terrence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews.com

First  Lady Michelle Obama has called on Congress to create a $400   million-a-year program to encourage the establishment of supermarkets in   places she calls “food deserts.”

The situation in these “food  deserts,” as Mrs. Obama describes it, is  quite dire indeed. American  children are growing fat because their  parents cannot get to a  supermarket—to buy fruits and vegetables—without  undergoing the  hardship of boarding a bus or riding a taxi. As a  consequence,  food-desert-dwelling children are forced to eat fast food  and junk  procured at chain restaurants and convenience stores…

In the 2008 farm bill, Congress mandated that the department conduct a $500,000 study of “food deserts.” The study—“Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences”—was published in June 2009.

The  report demonstrates that Mrs. Obama’s depiction of American “food   deserts” is fatuous at best. Lower-income Americans live closer to   supermarkets than higher-income Americans…

There are 23.5  million people who live in “low income” areas that are  more than a mile  from the nearest supermarket. But more than half of  these people are  not low-income, and almost everyone in these  areas–93.3 percent—drive  their cars to the supermarket. On average,  they spend 4.5 minutes more  than the typical American traveling to the  supermarket.

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Ron Kind (D-WI-3) Wants The Government To Track How Much Your Daughter Weighs

Ron Kind (D-WI-3) Wants The Government To Track How Much Your Daughter Weighs

 

The Federal Fat Police Are Watching

Posted by Dan McLaughlin (Profile)

Thursday, May 13th at 7:15PM EDT

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Hey, remember when we conservatives said that if you let the federal government into everybody’s healthcare, pretty soon it will stick its peering eyes and groping hands into our personal business?

Welcome to “pretty soon,” thanks to Wisconsin Democrat Ron Kind.

Kind has introduced a bill that would commandeer your health insurer to report to the federal government the body mass index (BMI) – i.e., height and weight – of your children every year from age 2 to 18:

States receiving federal grants provided for in the bill would be required to annually track the Body Mass Index of all children ages 2 through 18. The grant-receiving states would be required to mandate that all health care providers in the state determine the Body Mass Index of all their patients in the 2-to-18 age bracket and then report that information to the state government. The state government, in turn, would be required to report the information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for analysis.

The Healthy Choices Act–introduced by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee….amends the Public Health Services Act by stating that health care providers must record the Body Mass Index of all children ages 2 through 18. “The provision relates to all children in states that accept grants under the bill,” a spokesperson for Rep. Kind told CNSNews.com. “….BMI will be taken at times when the child makes an otherwise scheduled doctor’s visit.”

 

Let’s leave aside the many methodological problems with BMI as a measurement of obesity (such as the fact that muscular, athletic males are almost always classed as obese). The bill requires federal taxpayers to lay out yet more money to create yet another intrusive apparatus for tracking and storing information that, for example, your 16 year old daughter might regard as rather personal:

To pay for implementing BMI data gathering, Sec. 102 of the bill states that the federal government will give grants to states that meet certain criteria, including having “the capacity to store basic demographic information (including date of birth, gender and geographic area of residence), height, weight, and immunization data for each resident of the state.”

The grants also will pay for personnel and equipment necessary to measure patients’ BMI.

And naturally, any child with a BMI over a specified percentile will be nagged to get government help. Of course, Rep. Kind swears that “any data used to generate a report on the BMI data collected would not include patients’ names,” but even if the data-security provisions are foolproof in that regard, there’s still going to be an awful lot of identifiable information that will be required to be stored in government databases. And passed on to “Congress and other government officials, including the secretaries of education and agriculture,” for that matter. The same people who go into shrieking tizzies at the idea of requiring adults to show a valid driver’s licenses as proof of citizenship if they get stopped for traffic violations want to create a gigantic database of children’s physical proportions. This is, by the way, the same Ron Kind whose GOP opponent in 2006 went after his history of supporting, uh, interesting government studies:

The ad states Kind doesn’t have a problem spending money per se, but that “he would just rather spend it on sex.” The ad then details-with citations to various NIH grants-legislation Kind is said to have voted for that included funds to:

1. Study the sex lives of Vietnamese prostitutes.

2. Study the masturbation habits of old men.

3. Study the bisexual, transgendered, and two-spirited Aleutian Eskimos.

4. Pay teenage girls to watch pornographic movies with probes connected to their genitalia.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is government without limits or a sense of personal space. It’s Michelle Obama’s and Ron Kind’s America.

Kind’s district is the classic sort of district that has been safe in years past (it went 51% for John Kerry, 58% for Barack Obama), but is rated D+3 by Charlie Cook, which puts it within reach if the GOP wave this fall rises high enough. If you’d like to help, there are two GOP candidates in the district: two-term State Senator Dan Kapanke has blasted Kind over Obamacare, and you can watch him in action here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSZYLUmyhHw&feature=player_embedded

There’s also a tea party candidate, businessman Bruce Evers. However the party primary turns out, voters in Wisconsin’s Third District will have to decide if they want Uncle Sam ogling their children and nagging them to put down their cheese and bratwurst

Big Momma Michelle Obama: Food profiteer-turned-food cop

Michelle Malkin 

Lead Story

Big Momma Michelle Obama: Food profiteer-turned-food cop

By Michelle Malkin  •  May 12, 2010 01:06 AM

My syndicated column today takes on the First Lady’s hypocritical war on junk food. You can find the White House obesity task force report that lays the groundwork for Mrs. Obama’s nutritional power grab here. Or as White House aide Melody Barnes puts it: “It will serve as a roadmap for the work we need to do together to make sure that our kids grow up healthy and have the opportunity to live active lives.” My roadmap on the SEIU connection to Mrs. O’s campaign is here.

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Big Momma Michelle Obama: Food profiteer-turned-food cop
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2010

Let me summarize first lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity agenda: Shed as I say, not as I gain. While she crusades for organic foods and puts government pressure on corporations to stop marketing fast food and junk food to children, Mrs. Obama herself profited from the very same processed food industry she now demonizes.

In June 2005, a few months after her husband was elected to the U.S. Senate, Mrs. Obama hustled a seat on the corporate Board of Directors of TreeHouse Foods, Inc. Despite zero experience, the food-processing company put her on its audit and nominating and corporate governance committees. For her on-the-job training and the privilege of putting her name and face on their literature, the company forked over $45,000 in 2005 and $51,200 in 2006 to Mrs. Obama — as well as 7,500 TreeHouse stock options worth more than $72,000 for each year.

The chairman of the TreeHouse Foods board, Sam K. Reed, was a top executive at Kellogg’s and Keebler Foods, home of that great menace to children, the Keebler Elf. Before that, he headed up Mother’s Cake and Cookie Company. The conglomerate sells cheese sauces, Cremora non-dairy creamer, instant soup, puddings and powdered soft drink mixes. Hardly the stuff of Mrs. Obama’s new vision of nutritional paradise. TreeHouse is also a leading supplier of pickles used in the burgers of evil fast food chain McDonald’s — exactly the kind of corporate restaurants Mrs. Obama is now targeting in her war on urban “food deserts.”

The corporation-bashing Mrs. Obama would have continued raking in her TreeHouse cash if it hadn’t been for her husband’s pesky pledge to pander to Big Labor and swear off Wal-Mart. The retail giant, you see, happened to be TreeHouse’s biggest customer. And Wal-Mart is to Big Labor as sunshine is to Dracula.

In May 2007, Obama told AFL-CIO workers in Trenton, N.J., that Wal-Mart was dead to him. “I won’t shop there,” he pledged, with an eye toward embarrassing then-chief rival Hillary Clinton, who had served on Wal-Mart’s board from 1986-1992. The AFL-CIO has waged relentless attacks on Wal-Mart, dubbing it the “Poster Store for Greed.” That, by extension, would make Mrs. Obama — all-too-happy recipient of a Wal-Mart dependent compensation package worth more than $100,000 in 2008, according to Securities and Exchange Commission records — a Poster Child for Ancillary Avarice.

Candidate Obama shrugged off his wife’s conflict of interest. “Michelle and I have to live in the world and pay taxes and pay for our kids and save for retirement,” Obama explained to Crain’s Chicago Business magazine before his White House bid. Political expediency, alas, required that the candidate’s wife step down when the issue reared its head after Obama’s Wal-Mart bashing during the presidential campaign cycle. True to form, Mrs. Obama turned the decision into an ostentatious display of martyrdom:

“As my campaign commitments continue to ramp up, it is becoming more difficult for me to provide the type of focus I would like on my professional responsibilities,” said Chicago’s Joan of Arc in a resignation statement eight days after her husband declared his boycott of the stores stocked with food items processed and distributed by her TreeHouse colleagues. “My priorities, particularly at this important time, are ensuring that our young daughters feel a sense of comfort and normalcy in this process, and that I can support my husband in his presidential campaign to bring much needed change to this country.”

She saw no conflict then. And she sees no conflict now in wielding her East Wing clout to restrict the advertising free speech of the food industry that lined her pocketbook with big, fat paychecks. The Obama White House is on an insatiable control binge. No private space has been left behind — not your grocery aisles, not your children’s TV shows, not even your refrigerator.

Give the first lady this: She has an uncanny knack for wrapping her self-interests in the mantle of self-sacrifice and public service. It’s the Obama way.

It’s curtains for SpongeBob SquarePants Michelle Obama’s Food Police

It’s curtains for SpongeBob SquarePants

Jeannie DeAngelis

SpongeBob SquarePants is about to be harshly reprimanded by the federal government for being a cartoon contributor to childhood diabetes and for making it impossible for kids to fit into “Bikini Bottoms.”

First Lady Michelle Obama, in conjunction with a White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity,is preparing to parent America by cracking down on cafeterias, Chum Bucket fast-food restaurants, Cheez-It® boxes and vending machines

President Obama appointed an, “interagency panel … to develop recommendations for ending childhood obesity within a generation…nam[ing] Michelle Obama to lead the campaign.”   Barry’s comprehensive review of the issue, coupled with Michelle’s expertise, all but guarantee a speedy resolution to the problem of corpulent kiddies.

The Task Force recommended, “media characters … popular with kids should only be used to promote healthy products.”  As a result SpongeBob SquarePants could be swept from the shelves if, “voluntary efforts fail to limit marketing of less healthy products to young viewers.”  If controls fall short, the FCC will take over like Squidward Tentacles and choke the life out marketers refusing to comply.

In the meantime, SpongeBob may be able to salvage his reputation by taking the initiative and”emphasizing the importance of improved nutrition and physical activity.” If the Krabby Patty-loving cartoon character, “swaps deep fryers for salad bars,” and replaces snacking with scuba diving Michelle could decide to grant the popular phylum porifera a reprieve.

The intuitive Mr. Squarepants seems to already be ahead of the curve.  In conjunction with Nickelodeon, it appears as if the spongy one will be appearing on bags of produce even before the FCC, “considers new rules on commercials in children’s programming.”

“Pictures of the happy-go-lucky sponge will appear on packages of carrots, spinach and citrus.”Obviously, SpongeBob living in a pineapple didn’t quite make the standard for acceptable fruit and vegetable promotion.

Regardless of Bob’s preemptive effort, a problem still remains for Mr. Squarepants when “new and dramatic controls on the marketing of unhealthy foods” take effect.  Why? Because the yellow sponge’s picture is plastered all over supermarket shelves stocked with sugary, diabetes causing SpongeBob SquarePants cereal, frozen Popsicle® pop-ups and containers of Breyers®cookie-dough ice cream.

The adipose advisory panel also proposed labeling changes on products and vending machines.  Even restaurants will be advised to, “Display calorie counts.”  Cheating on a diet will require the illegal establishment of underground gastronome speakeasies. Junk food will become obsolete as American children, in lieu of less healthy fare, are prodded like livestock toward rutabaga and radishes.

However, there is a latent benefit to the anti-chubbiness campaign as parents come up with new, innovative rewards to influence good behavior.  Instead of offering lollipops and cookies, parents can say instead, “If you clean your room you won’t have to eat beets and sautéed okra tonight.”  Such incentives will ensure healthy children, as well as establish a nation void of juvenile delinquents and disciplinary problems.

For obstinate, free thinking adults insistent on parenting their own offspring, the Task Force “calls for analyzing the effect of imposing state and local sales taxes on less healthy products.” Moms and Dads will be “nudged” toward healthier choices out of fear of being zapped in the pocketbook with an oversized, beefed-up tax-taser.

TheTask Force finally concluded,”It won’t be easy” to cure childhood obesity. Yet Michelle and Barry shouldn’t back down, because with inordinate amounts of propaganda and governmental restriction, the way fry cook SpongeBob  swore off Krabby Patties, eventually ObamAmerica will submit, in compliance,and recoil in horror at the sight of a Big Mac.

Author’s content: www.jeannie-ology.com

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