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Democrat first lady Michelle Obama addresses National Restaurant Assn on suggested menu changes 9-13-10

First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been unable to convince the Smoker-in-Chief to give up that dreadful habit, now has some health suggestions for other American families and for restaurant menus across the country. The goal is to eat healthier, although that might hurt restaurant sales and cause disappointed children.

Obama, who has made combating childhood obesity and inactivity her favored causes, addressed the National Restaurant Assn. (See the text below, along with photos of her husband not eating arugula.) She, of course, has her own personal chef brought in from Chicago and took full parental responsibility for guiding her daughters' diets because parents are crucial habit-formers and role models, even in food choices.

But Obama would like to see more healthy choices for Americans dining out, even if it means a restaurant deleting a best-selling menu item.

The Democrat suggested that Americans are "programmed" by taste and advertising to eat many things that the government and health professionals know are not healthy for their bodies. So she wants to facilitate a nationwide re-programming of personal tastes by having restaurants start serving less of what customers ignorantly want and more of what they should have.

One idea Mrs. Obama had is to serve apple slices as the default side dish with, say, hamburgers, instead of French fries, which she confessed to liking.

Also she'd like less butter and cream in restaurant dinners, not enough to....

...ruin the flavor but enough to make them healthy. A difficult balance, millions have learned.

Her other suggestions: Substitute whole wheat pasta for white. Smaller portions (presumably for smaller prices). Less mac and cheese, chicken fingers and cheeseburgers on kids' menus. More carrots.

Mrs. Obama expressed concern that Americans are now spending more money on food purchased and/or eaten outside the home, which many in her audience of restaurant business owners likely think is a pretty good thing.

The first lady doesn't mind ordinary families eating out on special occasions. But, she claimed, restaurant efforts to reduce calories and fats have been insufficient. And too slow. "We just don't have the time to waste," Mrs. Obama added.

"As humans, we are programmed to crave sugary, fatty, salty foods," Mrs. Obama told the group.

"And as people who work to meet those needs, I know it’s tempting to respond by creating products that are sweeter, richer and saltier than ever before. But here’s the catch. See, feeding those cravings doesn't just respond to people’s natural desires, it actually helps shape them. The more of these foods people eat, the more they're accustomed to that taste, and after a while, those unhealthy foods become a permanent part of their eating habits."

She said she understood that healthy meals sell less, which is not a good thing for any business. But she said the problem of obesity is so great, it must be addressed urgently by all means.

She said it's also important to change these national eating habits because they end up costing billions in additional healthcare costs.

Grab some cauliflower and savor her full remarks below.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Democrat president Barack Obama preparing for a meal out

Remarks on restaurant menus by Michelle Obama, as provided by the White House

MRS. OBAMA:  Thanks so much. (Applause.) Well, good morning. Let me start by thanking Michael for his work and for that kind introduction.

And I want to also thank Dawn Sweeny and everyone at the National Restaurant Association for having me here. It is a pleasure for me to be with you all.

So today I’m going to talk about food, which is something that all of you here today know a little bit about.

Together, you represent 40 percent of the nearly one million restaurants in the United States, from the biggest chains to the smallest diners. You know what Americans like to eat and what they don’t. You’ve seen how the ingredients we put in our bodies affecDemocrat president Barack Obama eating chickent the way we feel and the way we feel about ourselves. And you also understand the unique role that food, and restaurants especially, play in our own lives and in the life of our nation.

Restaurants have always been places to celebrate a special occasion or mark an important milestone, to bond with new friends and grow closer as a family. They provide a service to our communities unlike any other. And even as tastes and customs have changed over time, restaurants remain an incredibly dynamic part of our American story.

And today, one out of every two dollars spent on food in this country goes towards meals outside the home -– and that’s double what it was just 50 years ago.

And one-third of all meals today are eaten in restaurants.
 
So it’s clear that eating out has become part of our American way of life.
Democrat president Barack Obama eating pancakes
And while restaurants are still places where we go to mark a special occasion -– to celebrate a good report card, an anniversary, a job well done –- restaurants aren’t just for those who can afford to splurge anymore.

Instead, they’ve grown to fit every lifestyle and every budget.

And our eating habits have evolved over time as well -– both in restaurants and at home -– but not always in ways that are good for our health.

And that’s another reason I wanted to talk to you today –- about an issue that is near and dear to my heart not just as First Lady, but as a mother -– and that is the epidemic of childhood obesity in America today.

Now, I know you’re all familiar with the statistics: how one in three children in this country is overweight or obese. And you know the consequences for their health –- from hypertension and diabetes to heart disease and even cancer.
Democrat president Barack Obama eating a cheesesteak
And I know you’re all aware of the economic impact: the billions of dollars we spend every year treating obesity-related conditions -– costs that you pay in the form of rising health insurance premiums.

So it’s clear that we’re facing a problem that is really big. And it’s also clear that this problem has a whole range of different causes.

Our kids are spending less time outside and more time on the couch in front of the TV, video games, the Internet. At school, gym classes, recess, they’ve been eliminated or shortened.  Portion sizes in this country have ballooned. 

In some areas, families are having a tougher time getting regular access to fresh produce. And kids these days are consuming more calories and eating more fat and sugar than ever before.

And that’s why, earlier this year, we launched “Let’s Move!” This is a nationwide campaign with a simple but ambitious goal: We want to solve the problem of childhood obesity in a generation, so that kids born today can reach adulthood at a healthy weight.
Democrat president Barack Obama Eats some Kringle in Wisconsin
And “Let’s Move!” is about attacking this problem from all different angles. It’s about giving parents the information and the resources they need to make healthy decisions for their families.

It’s about giving grocery stores -- helping them to locate in underserved areas, so that every community has access to fresh and nutritious food. It’s about getting healthier food into our schools. It’s about helping our kids become more active, not just in school but at home.

But here’s the thing. Even if we give parents all the information they need and we improve school meals and build brand new supermarkets on every corner, none of that matters if when families step into a restaurant, they can’t make a healthy choice.
Democrat president Barack Obama eating a hotdog in front of his wife
And the truth is that while restaurants are offering more options and families take advantage of them more often, they aren’t always the healthiest choices.

Research has shown that kids consume more saturated fat and less fiber and calcium when they eat out. And the meals they eat at restaurants have twice as many calories as the ones they eat at home.

Now, as parents we know that many of our kids aren’t as healthy and active as they should be. And we desperately want to do things differently. But when stores and restaurants don't offer healthy options, or when parents don't have the information to make the best choices for their families, that's easier said than done.

And as America’s restaurant owners, you’re responsible for one-third of the calories our kids get on a daily basis. The choices you make determine what’s listed on the menus, what’s advertised on billboards, and what’s served on our plates.

And your decisions about how a dish is prepared, what goes into it and where is it placed on the menu, that can have a real impact on the way people eat.

And that's why we need your help. And we need your help now, because when you see research showinDemocrat president Barack Obama eating waffles at a restaurantg that obese toddlers already display some warning signs for heart disease, it’s clear that we just don't have the time to waste.

And that's why I’ve been so pleased to hear about what some of you are doing already both in working with us and on your own.
 
Here at the NRA, you’ve developed the Food and Healthy Living Initiative to give restaurants a strong foundation for making healthy changes. You’ve launched a website, Healthydiningfinder.com, to help consumers identify healthy menu options in their area.

You're keeping your members up to date with the latest information and statistics about efforts to address childhood obesity. And you’re working with other groups in the industry to meet the goal of doubling the amount of produce used in the food industry over the next 10 years.

And across the country, individual restaurants and chains are also focusing on our children’s health -- not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it also makes sense for their bottom line.

Right now, many restaurants are making a point to offer fresh produce and healthy choices aimed at kids and adults.  Others are serving more low-fat dishes, whole grain breads, fruit on the side. Some are even offering kid-size portions of the meals they serve on the main menu. And chefs across the country are partnering with local schools to help them make healthy choices.
Democrat president Barack Obama downs some fried chicken
But as positive as these examples are, the reality is it’s just not enough. Together we have to do more. We have to go further. And we need your help to lead this effort.

Now, what I do know is that in the restaurant industry creativity is your lifeblood. It’s what sets you apart from the competition, and it keeps customers coming back for more.

And today I am asking you to use that creativity to rethink the food you offer, especially dishes aimed at young people, and to help us make the healthier choice the easier choice.

First, it’s important to reduce the number of empty calories that our families are consuming, calories that have no nutritional benefit whatsoever. And believe me, I know this is easier said than done.

After all, we as humans, we are programmed to crave sugary, fatty, salty foods. And as people who work to meet those needs, I know it’s tempting to respond by creating products that are sweeter, richer and saltier than ever before.

But here’s the catch. See, feeding those cravings does just respond to people’s natural desires, it actually helps shape them. The more of these foods people eat, the more they're accustomed to that taste, and after a while, those unhealthy foods become a permanent part of their eating habits.
 
But here’s the good news: It can work the other way around just as easily. Just as we can shape our children’s preferences for high-calorie, low-nutrient foods, with a little persistence and creativity we can also turn them on to higher quality, healthier foods.

It starts with offering healthier options designed specifically for kids. And today, no matter what kind of restaurant you visit -- whether it’s Italian, French, Mexican, American -- most kids’ menus look pretty much the same. And trust me, we’ve seen a lot of them.

One local survey found that 90 percent of those menus includes mac and cheese -- our childrenDemocrat president Barack Obama shares syrup covered shaved ice with his daughters’s favorite; 80 percent includes chicken fingers; 60 includes burgers or cheeseburgers.

Some options weigh in at over 1,000 calories, and that’s close to the recommended amount that a child should have for the entire day. And I think -- and I know you all think -- that our kids deserve better than that.

That’s why I want to challenge every restaurant to offer healthy menu options and then provide them up front so that parents don’t have to hunt around and read the small print to find an appropriately sized portion that doesn’t contain levels -- high levels of fat, salt and sugar.
 
These choices have to be easy to make and they have to give parents the confidence to know that they can go into any restaurant in this country and choose a genuinely healthy meal for their kids.

Now, again, I know it’s easier said than done. It’s not easy to come up with choices that are both healthy and palatable for kids. And it may mean putting in some real effort and creativity to make this happen.

But what it doesn’t mean is providing just one token healthy option on the menu, or taking out one problematic ingredient and replacing it with another. And it is not about finding creative ways to market unhealthy food products as healthy.
Democrat president Barack Obama downs some pizza
Instead, it’s about producing products that actually are healthy; products that can help our children get into the habits that will last them a lifetime.
 
This philosophy also needs to apply to the rest of the food that you offer, because just as we eat out as a family, we also should be able to eat well as a family.

And as a mother of two soon-to-be teenagers, I know that many kids, especially tweens and teens, eat off the same menu that their parents do.

I'm not asking any of you to make drastic changes to every single one of your recipes or to totally change the way you do business. But what I am asking is that you consider reformulating your menu in pragmatic and incremental ways to create healthier versions of the foods that we all love.

That could mean substituting wheat pasta for white pasta in your regular recipes, or taking out an existing -- taking an existing dish and cutting the amount of butter or cream -- not enough to sacrifice flavor -- we all like flavor -- but just enough to make a meaningful difference in the amount of calories and fat.
Democrats  Barack Obama and Joe Biden eating cheeseburgers
It could mean serving 1 percent or skim milk. Or you could make healthy sides like apple slices or carrots the default choice in a menu and make fries something customers have to request -- which would hurt me deeply. (Laughter.) I'm a fry lover.
 
And no matter what you do, it’s also important, truly important, to keep portion sizes in check, because we all know that the size of a meal is just as important as the ingredients it’s made of.

But your role in helping address childhood obesity isn’t limited to what you put on your menus and how you label them for parents. It’s also about how you market those products to our kids.

Our kids don’t learn about the latest fast-food creations on their own. They hear about them on TV, advertisements, in the Internet, video games, and many other places. And as any parent knows, this marketing is highly effective.

As a mom, I know it is my responsibility, and no one else’s, to raise my kids. But we have to ask ourselves, what does it mean when so many parents are finding their best efforts undermined by an avalanche of advertisements aimed at our kids.

A study last year found that only a small percentage of advertising aimed at kids promoted healthy foods, while most promoted foods with a low nutritional value. And let’s be clear: It’s not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren’t healthy.   It’s also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy.

And if there’s anyone who can sell healthy food to our kids, it’s all of you, because you know what gets their attention.  You know what makes a lasting impression.  You certainly know what gets them to drive their poor parents crazy because they just have to have something.
 
So I'm here today to ask you to use that knowledge and that power to our kids’ advantage. I'm asking you to actively promote healthy foods and healthy habits to our kids.

Again, I know many of you have said that you would offer and promote healthy options in a hearDemocrat president Barack Obama downs another sandwichtbeat if they were as popular as the healthy -- unhealthy options, because that’s how business works, and I understand that.

But I’ve yet to meet a single parent who doesn’t understand the threat of childhood obesity. I’ve yet to meet a single parent who’s not eager to buy healthier products. They just need more information. They need easier access to those products.

And I’ve heard from more companies over the year that the market is starting to move in a healthier direction. Folks are beginning to ask for more fruits and vegetables and for smaller portions. So when it comes right down to it, this is also about protecting your bottom lines and meeting the demands of your customers -- customers who I know you want to keep coming back again and again.

That’s why we’re committed to helping increase that demand and making it easier for you to do what’s right. And we’ve started by requiring chain restaurants to provide calorie counts on their menus and menu boards. And I am grateful for the support we’ve received from the NRA to get this done. And I want to encourage restaurants that aren’t providing calorie counts to join us in this effort.

And because so many of the calories our kids consume come from school, we’re also working to get more nutritious food into our lunchrooms and our vending machines. And, again, the NRA has been playing an important role in these efforts as well.

As part of “Let’s Move,” we’re setting a goal of doubling the number of schools that participate in the Healthier US Schools Challenge by next year. And we’re working with schools and food suppliers to offer more fruits and vegetables and to cut down on that fat, sugar and salt.
And, finally, we’re working with mayorDemocrat president Barack Obama enjoys a healthy Beers and other local officials to make our cities and towns healthier and to highlight restaurants that agree to serve smaller portions and promote more nutritious options.

So I hope that all of you will join with us in these efforts. Together, we can help make sure that every family that walks into a restaurant can make an easy, healthy choice.

We can make a commitment to promote vegetables and fruits and whole grains on every part of every menu. We can make portion sizes smaller and emphasize quality over quantity. And we can help create a culture -- imagine this -- where our kids ask for healthy options instead of resisting them.

See, after all, that’s one of the core ideals this industry was founded on. I recently learned that the term “restaurant” actually comes from the French word for “restore.”  And when the idea of the restaurant business spread across the ocean, some of the first true restaurants in this country emphasized their ability to make people healthier and to cure what ailed them.

So today, you are all the heirs to that legacy. And you face a similar opportunity both as business owners -- but also as parents, not just to fulfill your obligations to shareholders, but to fulfill the obligation we all have to the next generation.

So I hope that each of you will do your part to give our kids the future that we all know they deserve. And I want to truly thank you for what you have done, because you have done so much, and for what you’re going to do.

I look forward to working with you all in the months and years ahead. Good luck to you all and God bless you and your families. Take care. Thank you. (Applause.)    ####

Photos: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press (Michelle Obama speaking to restaurant owners); Charles Dharapak / Associated Press (napkin, chicken wings, pancakes); CBS News (Philly cheesesteak); Getty Images (eating kringle in Wisconsin); Associated Press (hot dog, waffles, fried chicken, shaved ice, pizza); Charles Dharapak / Associated Press (cheeseburgers with Joe Biden); Associated Press (sandwich, beer).  

 
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I'm at the point I think of resenting the whole of the Obama family. Too many vacations. Too much party. Too secret Maybe they've played us all for fools. Michelle said on open camera Barry was born in Kenya, and the media has ignored that. I resent these usurpers. I'm extremely angry at the DNC. They knew his Nationality. I'm really sorry, but this is the reasoons I resent this whole administration. In normal times I'd be eupset, but in times like these I'm really resent anyone hurting the People of the US.

So Michelle tells us what to eat, and a few minutes later she is shown cramming an ice cream cone in her face. What a hypocrite!

I darn the First Lady to lay one hand on my plate of french fries while I'm eating my burger. I just dare her to do it!

Any one out there miss Laura Bush yet??? Michelle - always out there trying to toot her horn for a little recognition. Barak is so into himself he probably ignores her..... Poor Michelle - lose some weight dear.

This FLOTUS is a big hypocrite. She is disgusting. But kudos to the LA Times (I'll rethink that subscription offer I rejected years ago).

I think I will wait for Madam Bedonkadonk to look at herself in a mirror before I start listening to her "health" advice. Please.............

Every time Michelle opens her mouth to speak about how kids aren't eating the way she wants them to, my daughter asks, "Am I fat?" Pulease! My daughter wears the slim jeans or else they fall down. We eat out maybe once a week because I prefer home cooking. But when we do eat out, I don't monitor what my kids are eating because they are healthy and we agree that it's OK to eat chicken nuggets and French fries when we eat out -- they don't get that at home.

How do you say NAZI ALERT! Why doesn't this hag leave us all alone. Isn't it enough they vacation and party on our tab day in and day out. They also have to run every aspect of our lives. Just like their idols, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Chavez and Castro.

Michelle Antoinette isn't telling anyone to eat cake...she's already said "Dessert is not a right." So...no cake for you.

I do believe that the mission she is on dovetails with Obamacare. She wants the rest of us to be forced to have "preventative" exams and those of us who do not fit the mold (from the 2500 pages no one has really bothered to read), will be denied health care options even while forced to pay for them. I wouldn't invest too much in Obamacare, FLINO, because after November it may be edited down to 20 or so pages, eliminating all of your food-Nazi tactics once and for all.

She, with the BMI of 30, gorges on lobster, kobe beef, pizza, ice cream then "cleanses" and has colonics for 2 or 3 days to get rid of the bloat. Not healthy. I see lots of bowls of apples set out on tables for photo ops but I've never seen a picture of her eating one. I, however, do eat fresh fruit, vegies, moderate meat and fish and I enjoy chocolate, a latte a day and occasional wine as well. I think I can manage without your help, First Scold.

And, BTW First Nag, Ayurveda, the Indian holistic health care system says a balanced meal includes all the tastes...including salty and sweet. But then I suppose you think you know more than a 5,000 year old system of health maintenance. But I somehow doubt it.

"The Democrat suggested that..." That sentence says this is a biased view. Secondly Rofl at the fried chicken pictures of B.O. New avatar.

I wish I could express how I really feel like with profanity and all(for emphasis, of course), but it would not be allowed here. I can understand that. What despicable hypocrites these people are and sticking their noses in our business. They don't know squat. I'd love for a registered dietician to interview ms obama just to reveal how stupid and ignorant she is. Can't wait till they're gone from ruling this nation and would love to see some prosecution and jail time.

This is the woman who eats $465 /lb. lobster, with butter??? Leave us alone!

While I cannot stand the man or his policies, his wife does have some good things to say about making healthy food choices, especially for children. Now I know that many of you would say that this starts in the home; but how many families today actually sit down and have a meal together? Most of the time it's just sticking something in the microwave and eating in front of the TV. These are habits which will not be broken very easily. School cafeterias should start offering healthier alternatives as well. Obesity is a major problem and can lead to health problems down the road.

Show me the scientific evidence for her claims about shaping our desires for certain foods. Who does this woman think she is to tell us, me as an individual, me as a mom...what to do???? She could stand to lose about 30 pounds and her husband obviously ignores her nagging, so she needs to just sit down and shut up.

She needs to mind her own business! What I or anyone else eats is our concern. And restaurants serve what the customers want, not what some nanny-state know-it-all wants. After all, they're in business to MAKE MONEY!

But that's something the Obama's wouldn't understand since neither one of them has had to do an honest day's work all their life (just living off the government in one form or the other)...

Not surprising. First they make us buy a service or good, then they take away a service or good. Forget parenting, just let the gov't do it. Go on vacation or something. You really think this will stop at kids?

"She said it's also important to change these national eating habits because they end up costing billions in additional healthcare costs."

Whats that ^^ oh noes, a national security problem we can squeeze into the commence clause of control. If you can tell the parents and schools what they should eat, and justify it under healthcare, then you can force it on adults too. If we bought health care like we buy shoes, or car insurance, we wouldn't even be having this problem. Stupid America

If only Obama had made a better healthier DNA selection!; we would not have to listen to this women and what she thinks is right and correct. Frankly, I could care less of what she thinks is healthy - she can't control her husband's eating habits or his smoking and she can't control her own body structure. I don't think she looks healthy but what do I know any more than she.

Tell her to sit down, remain quiet, her husband's term is approaching its end; and, as people don't want to hear from Obama they surely don't want to listen to her.

Times, they are a changing...and when the Obama's are out of the White House perhaps we as Americans can once again be proud of our America.

Thank God, ....and I am not even religious.

I think the reason why Moochelle wants us to cut back on the good stuff is so that her husband can have it all to himself. I didn't vote for this "change". In November we're going to CHANGE it back!

Wow!

You Obama people are really abandoning ship!

The poor guy is only halfway through his term, and you are already throwing him to the wolves...

Wimps

Hey Michelle...when you convince your hubby to give up the cancer sticks, you can lecture the rest of us about what we should put in our mouths.

Why are democrats fixated on intruding on people's personal lives? Why do these political hacks think they know better than the 100's of millions they are supposed to represent (not dictate)? If I wanted apples instead of fries with a cheeseburger I'd order it. I wonder if Manchelle would mind if I mandated that she couldn't wear those ugly dresses anymore?

democrats next "jobs creation" bill will be 50 billion bucks aimed at creating a more healthy workforce. All cictizens will be weighed in at a gubament clinic and be given a gubament sponsored eating plan. If in 90 days you return to the clinic and weigh more than your original weight you will be fined and sent to a gubament fat farm. if a child fails to comply he will be seized by dcf agents and the parents will be fined and arrested for child neglect.

NOT ONLY DOES GEORGE W LOOK A WHOLE LOT BETTER THESE DAYS BUT EVEN JIMMY CARTER!!! ,THE WORST PREZ IN MY LIFE TIME , IS STARTING TO LOOK GOOD. IS IT 2012 YET???

This woman needs another vacation with "40 of her closest friends."

We have started a restaurant that sells healthy, organic,local food. They are doing very well and folks appreciate our menu with large salad bar, grass fed beef, grilled sandwiches and a very pleasent atmosphere.I am sorry that Michele Obama's suggestions to the National Restaurant Association were associated with her and the president. They are not the issue. Obesity,diebeties,cancer and all forms of health issues can be traced to our diet.Try reading "The China Study" or "Diet for a new America"
Please don't throw the baby out with the wash.

ya, telling business what to have on there menu
people can make there own choice
if i come in and the food i like is not there any more, i'm gone.
can you give her a bill for all the loses.
change u can believe in 2010/2012

Everytime I see her I cant help but think Power Forward.

No matter if her idea is heathly or not, government should not be able to tell private business to sell or control what the people want. When that happens, we give up our liberty. Think about your job; do you want the federal government to tell you how to operate your business and how your customers should be served? If you aren't doing it right, customers will leave your business on their own and go somewhere else.

What overt discrimination! White salt is to be banned and black pepper is ignored? I have a good friend who almost died from heavy use of Black Pepper - but nothing from this adminstration. Its all about race and color.

These arrogant leftist mutts can take their advice and shove it up where the sun doesn't shine.
Who the hell do they think they are?
Can't wait until the voters shovel out their democrat enablers in November, and then shovel the Odumbo manure out of the White House in 2012.
What creepy leeches these scumbags are.

Yet another thing more important to the Obama's than the security and economic prosperity of our nation.

Judging by the size of Ms. Obama's caboose, she needs to practice what she preaches before she starts fascist overlording of our private lives.

Michelle needs to focus on her own household first and mind her own business. The Obamas don't seem to get it...STAY OUT OF OUR LIVES.

Hey Moochcele, why don't you and Barry open up your own Restaurant, dictate the menu choices and insure that the only currency accepted are food stamps and government issued vouchers. Otherwise shut up, we can make our own choices! Enough of this Nanny State!

Looks like she needs to start policing her own family, before jumping on America. Just a little HYPOCRITICAL

Just the blind following I'd expect from a democrat/liberal/et al... So, whatever happened to "my body; my choice"? Oh, right, that only applies when dems are making the argument. We should be used to hypocrisy by now - it's now embedded in our lives thanks to people who want to control every single thing in our lives - including our stomachs!!!! NO THANKS! I can decide for myself what to eat - no one needs to dictate what goes into my or my child's stomach - AND I REFUSE TO LET ANYONE TO DICTATE MY LIFE - so give it up... I'm a REAL American AND a Patriot - neither of which are synonymous with the left.

What's funny is, when we were kids we ate all this stuff and we were just fine. Wonder what's changed? Oh, wait, we didn't have the Xbox 360 or 7,000 cable channels to plop ourselves in front of... we went outside and played for our entertainment! Parents: get your fat kids off their fat rumps and get them outside!! Go with them, you could stand to lose a few pounds as well...

"People who live in glass houses...etc." Since when does someone with a butt the size of Kansas have the right to tell others what to eat ? Somebody give her Highass a rear view mirror. Then please tell her to go back to Chicago. They like her there.

I couldn't care less what this wench think. Me and my family will eat what we choose to eat. It is none of her damn business. If we decide our kids are allowed to get fat, then that will be our business, not hers. Mrs Obama, you have no qualifications and your opinions mean zilch. Please butt out of what does not concern you. Only an idiot would care what you think about their meal choices.

This would have been funnier if Obama was like 600 pounds.. but he's trim, fit and in shape.. both of them are. So cherry picking some photos of him eating ishtty food is BS IMHO. Americans are generally fat lard a$$ed and physically inactive. The food these restaurants feed us taste great while subtracting years from our lives.

Cook your own food and take a walk outside yall fat lazy wipes.

So if a liberal Democrat has a good idea, people are going to trash it, just because?
This is a good idea. America is fat, getting fatter. No one could successfully dispute that. There are many ways to work on the fix. Start with the food providers, agriculture and industry, or start with the FDA, or start with the re-education of parents, or start with retooling restaurants, but please just start!
We are so used to seeing adorable pudgy kids that we forget the past. Look at movies from the 1930's to the 1950's and be reminded that most people of all ages were much thinner than today. I watch these movies while on the treadmill at 6:30 AM before work. The Turner movie Channel specializes in them.
Stop making this a political issue.
I'm conservative and proud of it. Haven't voted for a Democrat since my 20's. Now, in my 60's, I have some insight that's worth sharing.
Fat is unhealthy. Thinner is more healthy.
Fat costs America billions in unnecessary health procedures. Thinner will save billions and billions.
And yes, carrots are good for you. So are all fruits and veggies, seeds, nuts, and whole grains.
Portion sizes need to be reduced.
Can America handle this change? I hope so, or we'll all be sicker than sick unable to protect our freedoms.
If you want the freedom to be fat and sick, I suppose you can have it. But don't make the rest of us pay for it.

She really is a piece of work. She needs to heed her own advice. Who cares what this woman says about ANYTHING. She is a disgrace as first lady. Spends our money like she is queen and has the nerve to stand up there and preach!!!GO AWAY.

It would be great to have choice of portion sizes and healthier dishes, although certainly not due to propaganda from the left. But no bunch of bossy socialists should dare try telling us what to eat! If I want to eat pounds of french fries and deep-fried Twinkies and every species of animal on the planet (except the protected ones, and people, of course) and _NO_ green vegetables at all, then it's my God-given right under the Constitution to do so (and accept the consequences), and the evil contemptible power crazed psychopaths of the left have absolutely no business telling businesses to emphasize healthier dishes, or even serve them. Yet another reason to get rid of ObamaCare is so there is _NO_ justification for having a central authority be in a position to claim that there is a common interest in every individual being told what to do in every detail of their lives!

END SOCIALISM NOW! LONG LIVE LIBERTY!

Ok, I'm feeling better now...must've been that all natural low calorie perfectly balanced vegan diet bar that set me off...

Somebody needs to make her go away. I dont want this overweight woman telling me what I can and cannot eat or feed my children.

2012 cannot get here soon enough!!!

NO MORE OBAMAS..........

she's only trying to stay in the Lime Light, probably making money for her Social Security benefits since she not employed.. Judging from photos of her Body size she could well with just plane ole exercise!!

People are not idiots, they know chocolate cake is fattening. Why would anyone need the government to tell them that. What does she want restaurants to start serving ready to eat weight watcher meals. This major fear of theirs to reduce health care costs is total BS!
First off - we should be allowed to eat what we want and we don't need the government telling us or the food industry any different. If I want healthy food I will prepare it at home, I go to a restaurant to indulge! Also, I like to take the left overs home - so smaller portions is just another way for us to pay out more money for less.
Second off - until that women starts a diet plan of her own and loses some of her weight, she need not worry about everyone else. Also, Barack doesn't look to be eating like mister healthy himeself in those photos.
Lastly however, I do feel that school lunches for the children need to be healthier and I think that is what needs to be looked at (and only that)!!!!!!!!

Its called "temptation," Ma Bama and your party's agenda has pushed the only person(Jesus Christ) equipped to fight temptation out of our public schools. Why don't you focus your maternal instincts on Pa Bama and leave American mothers to decide what is right for their own families.

Interestingly enough I don't recall Michelle Obama's name on any election ballot, nor do I recall her being appointed to any cabinet position after being throughly vetted and approved by Congress. Therefore, her words carry no more weight than those of any other private citizen and frankly anyone foolish enough to listen to her has only served to waste their own time.

We can continue to listen to those who say nothing can be done, or we can find alternate solutions. Rob Stevens has shown that losing weight can be easier and less painful than any of us could have imagined. The genius of Thintuition is that the solution to the obesity epidemic already lies within our own bodies; we do not need the diet industry, government policies, or even physicians to make us thin. It is by honoring and propagating this kind of simple yet revolutionary idea that you and I will turn America's vast obesity epidemic into a small footnote of medical history.

Sincerely,

John Stracks, M.D.
University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine.

Next step will be to weigh everyone, if they're to heavy, they'll be allocated reduced portions of food through the new food rationing system which is probably in the works

After you've finished your rationed meal, you will get a set number of pieces of toilet tissues, bassed on the size of your ass and the food you ate in the last 24 hours

Heil Michelle

"The first lady doesn't mind ordinary families eating out on special occasions."


WHAT WILL THIS FAUX-FLOTUS / IMELDA / MARIE ANTOINETTE DO IF "ORDINARY FAMILIES" EAT OUT ON NON-SPECIAL OCCASIONS?


Does this VULGAR HAG have subpoena powers?

[Whoops, since she is an affirmative action lawyer, I doubt seriously that she even understands most legal terms.]


And, why does no one ever talk about her vain, nasty, expensive, plastic-surgery enhanced sour-puss????

 
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