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Michelle Obama's healthier eating plan runs up against a fat reality; Americans don't wanna: Gallup

Strawberry Tart by Hygge Bakery in Los Angeles

Distasteful news for First Lady Michelle Obama's restaurant menu and healthier eating reform drive.

Last week Obama, whose chosen cause is fighting childhood obesity, told the nation's restaurants they need to change their recipes and offerings to make them healthier -- less sugar, cream, salt -- and more vegetables and fruits -- even if that means deleting a most popular dish or two and hurting sales. She also praised inner-city Detroit liquor stores that were offering vegetables along with their bottled, fermented fare.

But now comes a new Gallup Poll of more than 176,000 Americans showing that, in fact, it's....

...not access to vegetables at all that's keeping citizens from downing the recommended 48 servings of fruits or vegetables, or whatever the recommended daily dosage is this month. Cake Rubinstein Hygge Bakery

It's that Americans, thinking that they live in a free country, do not choose to eat so much of that stuff, no matter who says they should. Or, perhaps, simply because someone says they should.

Gallup finds that 92% of Americans report easy access to affordable fresh produce. They can find the green and yellow things virtually anytime they want.

They just don't want to eat that stuff.

The result: Barely 46% of Americans report consuming at least 25 portions of veggies and fruits over the course of five days each week.

The good news for healthy-eating fanatics is that 19% report eating five servings of said growing things one time a week and almost one in three say they munch that volume two to four times a week.

Says Gallup: "The findings make clear the gravity of the challenge for those who are encouraging Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables."

And exactly who is it who has determined that during the course of only three meals every 24 hours, each American person should chew and swallow at least five servings of fruit and vegetables every single day that they remain breathing?

Well, it's a vast interlocking corporate consortium of those evil special interests we hear so much about, consisting of the Banana Growers of America, the Carrot Council, Lettuce Lovers Institute, United BroDemocrat president Barack Obama downs some fried chickenccoli Bundlers, the Arugula Assembly, American Lima Bean Assn., Tasty Tomato Promotion Organization, the Cauliflower Cabal, Summer Squash Syndicate, Orange Optimization Operators, French Fry Fatwa Faculty, Cheeseburger Criminalization Board and the International Brotherhood of Grocery Store Produce Stackers, Local 1502.

Nah, just kidding.

Of course, these days all the hypothetical healthy prescriptions come from the federal government, which somehow found sufficient funds back in 2000 to establish an expensive Healthy People 2010 Initiative.

The goal was to have 75% of Americans eating two fruit portions and three veggie servings every day by this year.

Didn't make that goal. Like holding unemployment at 8%. Not even close.

Not only did the initiative not meet the target, Gallup says the veggie and fruit consumption numbers have actually been declining in the last two years, which coincides with one of the country's worst economic downturns in decades. This time frame also happens to coincide with the Democratic administration of Michelle Obama's husband, who not only loves junk food but smokes cigarettes.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Beautifully stated Andrew.

I am sick of the government-s nagging and bullying. They believe they can tell me what to eat, what to drive, what to say, what to smoke or not smoke, how much to flush, how much money I can make or how much energy I can use. They are in the midst of setting up commissions to determine where I can live and how much square footing I'm afforded. They are enacting their new healthcare laws that will dictate what treatments will be authorized when I get sick, exercising as much control as possible over whether I live or die (sound like 'Death Panels'?).

Enough! November 2 is the beginning!

With holloween coming up,I wonder how much michelle would charge to haunt a house. The most arrogant, inept, worthless First Lady...ever.

"Well, it's a vast interlocking corporate consortium of those evil special interests we hear so much about, consisting of the Banana Growers of America, the Carrot Council, Lettuce Lovers Institute, United Broccoli Bundlers, the Arugula Assembly, American Lima Bean Assn., Tasty Tomato Promotion Organization, the Cauliflower Cabal, Orange Optimization Operators, French Fry Fatwa Faculty, Cheeseburger Criminalization Board and the International Brotherhood of Grocery Store Produce Stackers, Local 1502." Oh, Andrew. I adore you. I don't adore lima beans or okra but I do adore you. I would have 3 servings of you every day if I could getcha! :)

(AM responds: Sounds good. Not the lima bean part, but the other part. :--)) )

If the O's are into healthy eating, why is it every time I see pictures of them, they are sucking down ice cream and what looks like fried chicken. Is this a case of do as I say, not as I do?

PULL QUOTE: It's that Americans, thinking that they live in a free country. (Seriously, Americans thinking they can eat what they want, now really.)


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- Do you feel that your ideology pushed you to make decisions that you wish you had not made?

- Well, remember that what an ideology is, is a conceptual framework with the way people deal with reality. Everyone has one. You have to -- to exist, you need an ideology. The question is whether it is accurate or not. And what I'm saying to you is, yes, I found a flaw. I don't know how significant or permanent it is, but I've been very distressed by that fact.

- You found a flaw in the reality...(!!!???)

- Flaw in the model that I perceived is the critical functioning structure that defines how the world works, so to speak.

- In other words, you found that your view of the world, your ideology, was not right, it was not working?

- That is -- precisely. No, that's precisely the reason I was shocked, because I had been going for 40 years or more with very considerable evidence that it was working exceptionally well.


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In order to alleviate those economic woes wee need to create, as fast as possible, a new credit free currency that will solve the credit crunch and bring incremental jobs, consumption and investments to the present system.


An Innovative Credit Free, Free Market, Post Crash Economy

A Tract on Monetary Reform

http://post-crash.com/credit-free.html


It is urgent if we want to limit social, political and military chaos.


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Is the fulfilment of these ideas a visionary hope? Have they insufficient roots in the motives which govern the evolution of political society? Are the interests which they will thwart stronger and more obvious than those which they will serve?

I do not attempt an answer in this place. It would need a volume of a different character from this one to indicate even in outline the practical measures in which they might be gradually clothed. But if the ideas are correct — an hypothesis on which the author himself must necessarily base what he writes — it would be a mistake, I predict, to dispute their potency over a period of time. At the present moment people are unusually expectant of a more fundamental diagnosis; more particularly ready to receive it; eager to try it out, if it should be even plausible.

But apart from this contemporary mood, the ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.

Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas.

Not, indeed, immediately, but after a certain interval; for in the field of economic and political philosophy there are not many who are influenced by new theories after they are twenty-five or thirty years of age, so that the ideas which civil servants and politicians and even agitators apply to current events are not likely to be the newest. But, soon or late, it is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.


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An Innovative Credit Free, Free Market, Post Crash Economy

A Tract on Monetary Reform

http://post-crash.com/credit-free.html

Dessert Dave B & Hughglass: You are both right on! November 2, we are beginning to roll over these Commie bullies! Hey, poor excuse for a First Lady! You see that she does not speak out about dental health--she has the most primitive-looking teeth that I have ever seen!

Didn't Michelle tell us fresh food is not available in the inner city, the so-called food deserts?
Didn't Michelle gain 25 pounds since she moved to the WH?
Didn't she order extra hot fudge on her sundae in Panama City?
Didn't she say you're allowed to treat yourself when you go out? But what if you go out every other day.
Michelle is a narcissist like her husband and isn't aware or doesn't care that she is a hypocrite.

Tell you what, Ms. First Lady,

If you want us all to eat healthy, you start with making those who eat on the American taxpayers - those would be called FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS - to start.

A good start to this would be to take ice cream, cake, pie, candy, cokes, etc OFF the approved foods that Food Stamps can buy.

Oh and while your at it, you MAY want to look into stopping those who receive the CASH BENEFITS on the EBT cards from being able to buy CIGARETTES on the American taxpayers' dime TOO!

And YES I have SEEN ALL OF THE ABOVE done at groceries stores in numerous places in the US! BELIEVE IT!

If that's what they want to eat, then they can shut up about heart attacks and cholesterol, and stop whining over how it's not their fault they're fat.

Eat right so you can live your life well, or else invest in seat belt extenders and die young. *shrug* Seriously -- sure, Americans can eat whatever they want yeah, but if they're going to do that, then they can stop co0mplaining about not being able to find swimsuits and jeans that fit.

They need us healthy and thin because we will all be getting government health care soon - except them of course they get the good stuff.

They know there won't be enough money to pull it off.

It starts with recommendations - then restrictions - then regulations - then banning.

How much freedom are we willing to lose?


As much as the Dims push the "notion" that The First Nag and Scold is popular, I think this puts that "notion" in dispute. Pure propaganda, plain and simple.

We don't want your hypocritical advise so get back to your ice cream, lobster, Kobe beef, fried chicken and french fries, Me-me-me-michelle and butt out of our business.

I'll pick my own menu, thank you very much...and thanks to yours and hubby's administration, that menu won't be ordered in a restaurant.

BTW, if I never hear the word "notion" (what's wrong with "idea"?)with which Barry has bombarded the national ear, I'll be thrilled.

You don't catch me telling folks how to eat. Michelle should spend more time trying to slim her caboose and less time running her mouth.

"Michelle should spend more time trying to slim her caboose and less time running her mouth."

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Great post Fat Man! You nailed it!

Wow, some CLASSY responses. From outright ignorance to borderline racism. Bet you feel proud Andrew.

You lot are demonstrating something: American ignorance, American stubbornness, and American Foolishness.

The First Lady speaking out about proper health habits and a bunch of you start spewing complete gibberish?

Death Panels, indeed.

Just go join the TeaParty and one of their local Hate Militias and declare yourselves "True Patriots".

Oh these comments make me sad. First of all, no one is banning anything. Everything that is on the table (at the federal level) is aimed at increasing information so that consumers can make smart choices. And, as this article says, the real issue is that no one wants to make smart (i.e. hard) choices. I'm not a liberal, in fact I usually sway to the libertarian side of things, but I feel like you're blowing the whole thing out of proportion. Michelle Obama is doing what any celebrity would do given their high profile, which is trying to be a good role model. And whether you like it or not, that's what we need. I've seen lifestyle-based illnesses tear members of my family apart, cause them to get dangerous surgeries, spur depression, and kill them. Clearly we also have a health care cost issue on our hands as well, and I wonder sometimes how people's behaviors might change if they had to pay for all of their health care costs themselves. And yes, everyone indulges from time to time - but most of the shots I see of Michelle are her with her hands in the garden or talking with her children, not stuffing her face with fried foods - although of course one can dig those photos up. And no one, including the president, is perfect all the time. Just have a little perspective people - no one is saying that you *have* to do anything, just that you should - a fact you should already know if you can about your health, your children's health, your future, etc.

And if you want to blame the Democrats for all of this, read a little closer:

"Of course, these days all the hypothetical healthy prescriptions come from the federal government, which somehow found sufficient funds back in 2000 to establish an expensive Healthy People 2010 Initiative."

I'm pretty sure we had a different president way back in 2000...

I'm in favor of Big Government. If it weren't for the government imposing rules on us, we'd have people smoking at their desks at work (yes, that was once allowed), people in wheelchairs unable to cross the street (those dips on the curb weren't there until the Americans with Disabilities Act) and Big Food would be putting garbage like trans fats and high fructose corn syrup in our food. Oh yeah, that last one is still happening.

I think it is a great idea to start healthier eating by limiting food stamp purchases to fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meat and whole grains. Then we should track the health results in a scientific manner. Let the government's largess be a starting point for such social and medical hypotheses. As far as the rest of tax paying citizens who sponsor such nonsense, it is time to back off the nagging.

As a Mom of 4, the best success I have had w/ veggies is adding stir fried w/ EVOO to PASTA w/ Parmesan Cheese.

I recommend a lateral transition vs. changing traditional popular comfort foods.
People eat at restaurants to go back for fav comfort foods. Go w/ the grain.

Michelle,

We're not fat, we're thick. I'm sure you understand.

-- America

Michelle Obama is a hateful cow....Please tell the fat woman to shut up.

I think Michelle would make a better statement by leading the way and getting her fat Bmi down. Let's hear recognize that she is 40# or so overweight and is going to get down to a healthy BMI. Then she might be much more credible and authoritative.


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