Michelle Obama criticized for obesity comments: Was she really out of line?

Michelle Obama has taken on childhood obesity as her cause from the White House.

With more than one-third of America’s kids falling into the category of obesity and as a mother of young children, it seems like the perfect issue for our First Lady.

However, she’s already being criticized for her efforts.  Here are the issues:

  1. Michelle Obama referred to own her daughters when talking about obesity.

From Shine: “Two weeks after announcing the unnerving news that childhood obesity has tripled over the last 30 years, and unveiling her own initiative to combat it, Michelle Obama has offended critics by discussing her own “wake-up” moment—when the family pediatrician told her that daughters Sasha and Malia were becoming overweight.”

“ ‘In my eyes I thought my children were perfect,” Mrs. Obama said at the January launch of her initiative. “I didn’t see the changes.’ ”

As someone who writes about her children often, I can understand the natural inclination to discuss your own children when talking about an issue. She was making the cause personal because it really had affected her family. They are not perfect and she’s saying to America even we are dealing with this problem. While using a personal experience is effective case making, was it hurtful to her girls to say that to the national media or are these critics seeing a problem where there is not one?

I read a story a few years back about mom bloggers and the privacy of their children. The point of the story was to be careful not writing something that would embarrass your child. When I started writing my kids were babies so there was very little that could embarrass them nor would they have known. But as they have grown, I had started viewing each mention of them through that lens. Would it embarrass them to know this fact about them is on the Web

2. The second criticism was about word choice Michelle used in speaking to her own children about maintaining a healthy weight. From Psychology Today:

“While her heart is in the right place, Michelle may not have considered or been familiar with the delicate balance between preventing obesity and triggering eating disorders. She mentioned that she put her children on a diet after her pediatrician and their father felt they were getting “chubby.” Words like “chubby” don’t cause eating disorders but they are often a trigger to disordered eating behavior. As an eating disorder professional, we would strongly caution parents from using labels or prerogative words to describe their child’s weight as this has lasting impacts on a child’s self esteem. Also, putting kids on “diet” instead of focusing on healthy eating and exercise can be another trigger for eating disorder behaviors. Dieting is clearly not the answer. And, weight alone is not an indicator of a child’s health. Children’s weights dramatically vary and change particularly as they go through development stages, growth spurts and puberty. Instead of aiming for slimness, let’s focus on a healthy lifestyle that includes mindful eating, access to healthy food and exercise.”

I think that in general many women are very worried about passing on eating issues that they have to their children so I think folks are particularly tuned into words like chubby.  But would that be a problem for all children? Would it depend on how it was said and how often or is just verboten?

So what do you think:

Is Michelle Obama being unfairly criticized for using her children as national examples in a family having to change some habit at home to prevent becoming overweight?

Does her word choices of chubby or diet bother you? Do you think they actually bothered her kids?

Are you personally worried about passing on eating issues to your children, particularly daughters? Are you extra careful in how your refer to and monitor your children’s eating?

195 comments Add your comment

Lissy

February 5th, 2010
10:03 am

This is really ridiculous…if she didn’t say anything about it and it came to pass, ppl would be saying why didn’t she talk about it. They are really in a lose lose situation. Damn if you do and damn if you don’t. I don’t think that talking about their weight issues will lead to them having an eating disorder. Sasha can be considered chubby, but she is only 8 or so. I’m sure she’ll lose the “baby fat.” This is nothing for folks to get their panties in a wod.

Way

February 5th, 2010
10:15 am

I do not think she said anything that is out of line. Diet does not necessarily mean starving yourself to death. You can be on 2000 calorie diet, 3000 calorie diet or macrobiotic diet. Diet is the way of suggested eating to be healthy, but unfortunately celebrities and media distorted the real meaning of this word long ago.

TTL

February 5th, 2010
10:21 am

I do not think she said anything that is out of line. Diet does not necessarily mean starving yourself to death. You can be on 2000 calorie diet, 3000 calorie diet or macrobiotic diet. Diet is the way of suggested eating to be healthy, but unfortunately celebrities and media distorted the real meaning of this word long ago.

s

February 5th, 2010
10:24 am

Yes, she is being unfairly criticized. She is trying to address a problem. Thanks to her.

s

February 5th, 2010
10:26 am

Everyone should watch the film “Food Inc”.

http://www.foodincmovie.com/

TTL

February 5th, 2010
10:27 am

As for chubby, fat, skinny and other words – i think it is OK to use them occasionally in an educational context, i.e. trying to identify the problem and possible solution. What is not OK is to use them frequently and just use them for stating sole factual purpose.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 5th, 2010
10:29 am

Can’t tell exactly but I don’t think she was taunting her kids with chubby –

TTL

February 5th, 2010
10:32 am

And i am sure if she said that her kids are skinny, it would have been received in a very different way.

HB

February 5th, 2010
10:37 am

I do believe that putting kids on a “diet” because they’re “chubby” can start the damaging dieting/not dieting cycle early, and it’s best not to teach kids to think in those terms. That said, I’m not sure Mrs. Obama is being criticized all that much. If the “critics” are phrasing it the way Psychology Today did, then a conversation about how best to talk about and develop heathy habits has started — great! The quote above is informative and not overly harsh.

s

February 5th, 2010
10:37 am

Years ago I played a round of golf with this ex-P.O.W. from viet Nam who said whatever was on his mind. Playing in front of us was an overweight teenager and his father. The child was floundering around on the course and slowing our pace of play much to the annoyance of my grissly playing partner. After a few holes of this, the war decorated linksman turned to me and said loud enough for the whole world to hear, “In my day, there were no fat kids! If a kid was fat, we made fun of his fat a$$ until he lost some d@mned weight! Now-a-days we got all these chubby little bast@rds running around with thumbs that can crack walnuts!”

The walnuts part of his statement was an obvious reflection of his views on the time children spend playing video games.

JJ

February 5th, 2010
10:42 am

I hate the word DIET……Like Garfield the cat says “it’s just the word Die, with a T at the end”…..

I prefer healthy eating habits.

I believe one of the contributing factors to childhood obesity is parents have “over-scheduled” their kids, and they make NO time for good healthy meals. Kids in sports, parents working overtime, etc. Fast food is HORRIBLE and should only be eaten about once a week, in MY opinion.

I am a busy single mom, and I chose to make time to cook healthy meals at home. We very rarely dine out, maybe twice a month (paydays). Now that my child is away at school, I still cook for myself (and my roommate) every single night.

I find that going to a butcher, or meat market and buying a “family deal” of meat, for about $60.00. I go to Pattons Meat Market in Duluth, and get a $55.00 family deal. These deals usually have the following:

Deal A – $55 plus tax
4 lbs Country Style Ribs
3 lbs Center Cut Pork Chops
2 lbs Stew Beef
6 lbs Boston Butt Pork
3 lbs Boneless Chuck Roast
4 lbs Split Chicken Breast

I then take it all home, divide it into individual servings, wrap it in foil and put in a freezer bag, labeled with it’s contents. The last time I did this was New Years Eve, and I still have a London broil and two pork chops in the freezer. So it was definately worth every penny. And the quality is so much better than grocery store meat.

On Sunday’s I plan a weeks worth of menus, and then go hit the grocery store for “filler” foods. My roommate and I sit at the dining room table, and we always have a salad with dinner, the meat and a veggie. We have taken to eating on smaller plates, which makes the meal look larger.

I know this isn’t possible for a lot of folks, as they over schedule themselves. I had my daughter in one after school activity and that was it. School was the most important thing, and I was not going to over schedule her or myself. After working a full day, I don’t want to spend the evenings in my car driving here and there.

Plus I really enjoy cooking. I love cutting up fresh veggies……And I am a Food Network junkie, and have two notebooks full of recipes from the shows……..

Just like everything else in our lives, you MUST make time for healthy eating.

And get the kids off the computer and video games. Go outside and get some fresh air. If you have dogs, walk them, or simply walk around your neighborhood………go to the park and play with a frisbee, fly a kite, etc. GET OUTSIDE!!!!!

Michelle

February 5th, 2010
10:43 am

From what I read above, it doesn’t seem to me like she did anything wrong. I don’t necessarily think I would put my kids on a “diet” per se, but more change their eating habits. I think she was doing a good thing by showing that, as a family, this was something that they had to address. I think the girls are probably young enough that this wouldn’t really bother them too much. She didn’t say they were “fat” or “obese”, just chubby.

I am certain that as she gets more involved, she will use better “verbage” to get her points across without being judged as she is not! I think it’s great that she is willing to take on such a critical problem!

I think that what other kids, and the media, say make more of an impact at this particular phase! My 6 year old (who is VERY think-wears a 6 slim with them elastic adjusted almost to the last notch), told me he needs to go on a diet because he’s getting fat! HELLO…I don’t think so! I try to encourage him to just make good food choices and reinforce that he is NOT fat in any way.

mom2alex&max

February 5th, 2010
10:43 am

She’s being very unfairly criticized. I don’t think she say anything wrong..there is no doubt the Obama’s love their daughters. All that the First Lady was trying to do is bring the issue home, make it personal. I think she did an awesome job and I am pretty sure the girls didn’t think it was embarrassing. I bet the girls have loads of self esteem.
It is a great cause for a First Lady and I for one, applaud her.

s

February 5th, 2010
10:45 am

I see a lot of parents use food as parental substitutes. They are busy and the child is bothering them. “Here, have a twinkie, I’ll be with you in a minute”

Theresa, my other post was too offensive for posting?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 5th, 2010
10:47 am

i haven’t done anything to it – i’ve been in the shower — will go look for it -

RJ

February 5th, 2010
10:48 am

She is being unfairly criticized. She simply stated what her family had been going through. Kids bodies do change, but doctors can also be the blame. Was their weight really that bad? I doubt it.

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 5th, 2010
10:54 am

JJ….you’ve prepared almost 22 pounds of meat in 34 days? Wow…you southerners are a hearty breed!!! ;-)

Justmy2cents

February 5th, 2010
10:54 am

Maybe she could have phrased it differently, but I do think people are overreacting. I do tell my kids if they keep pigging out (whether on junk food at a party, or just eating WAY too big of a meal portion and then asking for more) that they will get fat. Plain and simple. I’m not much for sugar coating words. There is no need for my 5′1″ 90 lb. daughter to eat MORE than my 6′3″ 230 lb. husband. She just does not require that many calories.

However, it is also up to us as parents to provide the healthy meals & snacks in proper portion sizes. I plan my meals a week in advance, and make sure that most of them are low fat/cal/carb without being low in taste. I do splurge from time to time and make some not so healthy, but oh so yummy meals too. Everything in moderation. Oh, and kick your kids out the door and make them play outside from time to time too!

RJ

February 5th, 2010
11:02 am

@Tiger, ROFL! That sure is a lot of meat!

I am whatever you say I am

February 5th, 2010
11:12 am

I don’t think she said anything out of line but If my son (he’s just a baby) where the same age as her daughters I would have used discression as to not say anything that would embarrass my child.

deedeebaldwin

February 5th, 2010
11:12 am

I think in the Obama’s case, the girls are probably pre-diabetic and that is why there is this great push to balance their diets. I cannot believe that their weights in view of their age/development could be that endangering.

Becky

February 5th, 2010
11:14 am

@Michelle..I think I agree with everything that you said..I try to teach my two little ones to eat healthy and most of the time it works..The girl did jsut about the same thing your son did when she was six..She only weighs about 47 lbs. now and she stood in the middle of the living room one day, took off a shirt that she had on and said “I can’t wear this, it makes me look fat”..Thought I was going to die laughing..She might not never have to worry about being fat, if she follows in the line of her parents..

@Tiger..That is as much meat as we eat at my house in about 5-6 months or so..We eat a lot of veggies at my house..The kids know that my motto is try it, if you don’t like it, you don’t have to eat it,BUT you have to try it..

deedeebaldwin

February 5th, 2010
11:17 am

Besides, pediatric research reports that children in the Obama children age range should have whole milk, not non-fat milk for proper bone development. Read Christine Babigian’s time-honored book, “Special Diets.” d

anne

February 5th, 2010
11:19 am

I read the entire article in WaPo. Mrs. Obama said that everyone started paying more attention to serving sizes and making sure that the girls were eating more fresh fruit and vegetables. Her whole approach made sense to me as a mother. Taking little steps that had a huge impact. The article went on to say that the pediatrician was impressed with the changes in the girls at their next visit. I think Mrs. Obama is being unfairly criticized.

catlady

February 5th, 2010
11:21 am

Teresa and bloggers, please help! Does anyone with recent experience have a recommendation of a good OB practice in the Lawrenceville/Sewanee area? (NO, it’s not for me :) My daughter is very unhappy with the changes the practice she used the first time has implemented. Main requirement: experienced midwives and accessible doctors. Please help on this if you have something to tell in this area. My grandson is due in mid-May, and mama is 33 if that matters.

Andrea

February 5th, 2010
11:23 am

She is definitely being unfairly criticized. This is MUCH ado about nothing. It is quite alarming that we are realizing the first generation of kids that may not outlive their parents solely because they are obese and have cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetic issues.

I would rather address the problem before it becomes a bigger issue, literally and figuratively. I hate to see kids that look like they are one butter biscuit away from imploding.

Jeff

February 5th, 2010
11:34 am

I support Michelle Obama on this 100%. I don’t think she said anything inappropriate. Unfortunately, the ones who need this information are already ignoring the obvious, so I’m afraid it’ll be to no avail.

catlady

February 5th, 2010
11:36 am

Food was not an issue at my house with my children. I controlled what was bought and fixed, and they controlled how much they ate. Couldn’t afford take-out, and never went on the candy/ice cream aisles at the store. No comments on how much or little, no requirements to just taste. In fact, when they were toddlers I would refrain from giving them new things we were eating, and if they asked (usually did) I told them I didn’t fix any for them. Then, of course, they were DYING for some so I would give them a , grudgingly, with the request that IF they liked it, they could tell me and next time I would fix some for them, too.

No processed sweets, limited snacks (fruit or cheese or yogurt), no hassle. As it was never a power struggle, it never became an issue.

My older daughter was in kindergarten before she found out that those things the Easter Bunny brought were edible.

I am happy to say my two grandchildren are being raised the same way.

As a teacher, I have seen too many kids who eat foods of questionable value every day.

On the other hand, I was raised to be a picky eater. To some extent, I am over that. Having a large garden with tons of fresh vegetables helped me learn to like stuff I had been told I didn’t like. Also, my children were babysat by very commonsense, country women and thus exposed to some things I would never eat (like liver)! The children would ask for food they got at the sitters, and so I decided to expand my garden. Every year, it seems, I still learn to like a new vegetable. Year before last it was beets; last year it was edamame (from my 2 year old granddaughter). I draw the line at squirrel!

deedeebaldwin

February 5th, 2010
11:36 am

“chubby” is never flattering…I cannot imagine those well-heeled kids at Malia’s school bypassing this one!

Becky

February 5th, 2010
11:37 am

@catlady..I’m sorry, but I can’t help you with this one..Good luck though..

FCM

February 5th, 2010
11:41 am

I dont’ see anything wrong other than as a good libretarian I think she needs to butt out of my cooking. My children just had reports from the doctor. One is proportionate at the momen but we are looking to make sure she stays that way by EATING, she is already showing signs of being at risk for one of those eating disorders the article mentions. The other child could stand sideways behind a telephone pole and you would never see her! She gained 0.0 lbs in the last year but grew 2 inches. That child eats almost anything you put in front of her–especially vegetables!!!

Doctors told both of them one area of diet they needed to improve on was dairy. My kids do not like milk and do not like cheese. The eat yogurt and sour cream. Though as I told the doctor I tend to buy lower fat sour cream since I eat that too. The kids spoke up and said the thick fattiness of the cream (in milk) and cheese is the reason they do not like it. Course the lower fat stuff won’t put the meat on their bones the doctor wants….He actually told me to feed them ice cream (the one dairy they do like) 3 times a week. Mom is not so lucky….I need to reduce um EVERYTHING, except sleep and exercise, those I need to increase! LOL

What bugs me is that I cannot find clothes that fit my kids well. Sure they have “adjustable waists” but those really just make the waist look all bunchy on my thin kids. Everything is too WIDE on them.

What I do not understand from her comments is how exactly she thinks she is going to combat this issue. Educate the kids? I took HPED in HS & College. I know about nutrition and exercise. I was a skinny kid (and one day maybe I will be a former fat chick).

With Literacy we had a game plan. With Nancy and her “No to drugs” there was a game plan. What exactly is the game plan here. One thing that I would LOVE to know is how socio-economics and education of the PARENTS contributes to the issue. My guess is that the better the education and economics the less likely to be obese…but it is only a guess.

Julia

February 5th, 2010
11:51 am

This like everything else we talk about on here starts at home with a willful child that the parents just let them have their way.

I will not be a short order cook. You eat what I cook or you can go to bed hungry. Now I wont be abusive with it but I am not fixing chicken fingers and mac / cheese every night for dinner. The boy learned to eat his veggies at a very young age and ate more green beans and broccoli than I did….

catlady

February 5th, 2010
11:53 am

True experience: when my kids were born my mother became the “Jello Queen”. Like she wanted to serve it twice a day when we visited. When I was a kid, the only time I got jello was when I was very sick. So I say no to the jello and no to the sweet tea and she remarks that I must never feed the kids because when they come over they eat and eat and eat. Now, my mother had a bachelor’s degree (1944) but NEVER put it together that they might be good eaters because they didn’t have their appetites ruined with sweets!

FCM, as to your last observation, I have not seen a strong breakdown based on maternal education. I see thin kids and fat kids of every SES. What I DO see is the ones who play outside, as opposed to being put in front of video media, seem to be less likely to be fat. (I ask kids what they do after school when they get home). Kids who bring money for the snack store tend to use recess standing around and eating, as opposed to running around. That is not tied to SES, however, because many, many of our free lunch kids bring substantial money every day to buy junk at the school store.

This is merely based on what I have seen in my teaching career, especially the last 10-15 years.

Madison

February 5th, 2010
12:05 pm

Michelle should look in the mirror and work on her own fat bottom.

SRH

February 5th, 2010
12:07 pm

Michelle was right on the money. I am shocked at how many FAT (yes, I am using the FAT word) kids there are these days. It is digusting and so unhealthy for the child. I’m in my late 40s and I remember that there was 1 maybe 2 fat kids in my classes as a child. Now it seems that half the children are overweight, some dangerously so. Children are getting adult-type medical issues due to their weight. If you go anywhere in the world, you never see this – it simply does not exist. It is an epidemic.

JJ

February 5th, 2010
12:07 pm

Dang Tiger, thanks for pointing that out……Holy crap…….I didn’t realize it was THAT much. However, the roasts are usually cooked on weekends, and we feed the neighbors on Football sundays…..

James

February 5th, 2010
12:15 pm

RE: Food Inc – anything from Michael Moore is typically a one-sided story. There’s at least one or more “fact vs fiction” sites or news articles that appear whenever he comes out with a new movie. Here’s one such site for Food Inc

http://www.monsanto.com/foodinc/family_farmer.asp

FCM

February 5th, 2010
12:15 pm

“There is no need for my 5′1″ 90 lb. daughter to eat MORE than my 6′3″ 230 lb. husband” Actually she might. How old is she? What activities does she do? I could out eat my brother when I was about 12 -15 (I weighed 85 – 105 lbs was 4′ 7 -5′ during that time) but my body needed that fuel for the various changes my body was going through to be a woman.

SRH

February 5th, 2010
12:15 pm

@JJ – don’t asume every latino is a Mexican! I do agree with many here who say that obesity is related more to socioeconimic status. Have you been to a buffet lately and seen entire overweight families in sweatpants going back for 3rds and 4ths?

James

February 5th, 2010
12:20 pm

“more than one-third of America’s kids falling into the category of obesity”

I have been to more than one school recently; and I have seen a couple of fat kids but I don’t see 1/3rd of the kids as obese. Where are all these fat kids? At my church on Sundays I see well over a hundred or so kids and I really am not seeing 30+ of them as obese. Have we perhaps redefined obese multiple times to create an obesity epidemic?

RJ

February 5th, 2010
12:25 pm

@JJ, what was the point to that comment? Are you serious? That’s about as dumb as me saying, “I’ve never seen a white woman without fake boobs.” Sounds ignorant doesn’t it. I teach Latino kids every day and they’re no bigger than any other kids. I see HUGE American kids! Thank goodness our First Lady is trying to combat the problem.

@FCM, I’m sure First Lady Obama is working with a team of experts to put a plan into place. Conversation is always a good beginning.

fer

February 5th, 2010
12:25 pm

I think she should have focused on healthy eating and NOT used the word ‘diet’. Goodness knows today’s children (esp. girls) have enough problems with body image. Children need to eat well but at stages in their lives they will be ’rounder’ than at others, and then they will shoot up in height and be ’skinny’.

KRW

February 5th, 2010
12:30 pm

If they really want to slow obesity then start by controlling what can be purchased by federally administered food stamps. They need to stop the ability to purchase any high-fat foods. But that would hit right in the middle of the Obama constituency and not anything that would be proposed. Therefore we will continue to “throw money” at a “problem” while people are going jobless and businesses continue to close.

James

February 5th, 2010
12:31 pm

http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2008/05/epidemic-that-wasnt.html

The childhood obesity epidemic is an entirely statistically manufactured myth.

NewsyDiva

February 5th, 2010
12:32 pm

Please exhale…Mrs. Obama was relating her family’s experience so that she would not be confused with or accused of preaching to others. Her act to create relevancy and a safety zone for open dialogue are being attacked for publicity’s sake. Can we focus on the health of our children!

Who cares...

February 5th, 2010
12:32 pm

…just like being scared, if you are fat, you know it!

goawayobozo

February 5th, 2010
12:34 pm

she’s an idiot just like barry the “no birth certificate” politician with an agenda.
Next thing you know, we’ll have a tax on fat kids.

hey, catlady...

February 5th, 2010
12:36 pm

Dr. James R. Freeman (in Lawrenceville – Gwinnett Medical Center), though he does not use mid-wives he is the best around (though at 56, he may not be accepting anymore OB patients since the “middle of the night” routine is not fun anymore!

deedeebaldwin

February 5th, 2010
12:42 pm

KRW–I agree with you on the food stamps purchases! What if you are a mother who wants to make a difference with nutrition and her children, but the food stamps’ fatty & carb foods stretch longer than the fresh produce, fruit, lean meat purchase options! So, the disadvantaged are NOW NOT well fed but they can actually feel GUILTY for it!!

SRH

February 5th, 2010
12:44 pm

@James. According to the CDC “Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%.1,2″. Okay -so 30% are not obese, but 20% are.That is huge number, don’t you think? Obese is also more than “just fat.: I am comfortable in saying that 30% are fat!!

Maria

February 5th, 2010
12:47 pm

OMG! Give me a break people. Of course she is being unfairly criticized. Some people just won’t be happy no matter what she says. Tell the critics to find something and someone else to complain about.

ray

February 5th, 2010
12:54 pm

I’m offended by the whole thing. Why has she suddenly become the food police and the parenting police all at once? Why has her husband become the go to school and study hard police? Quit trying to raise our kids for us.
Is is 2012 yet?

T. Higgins

February 5th, 2010
12:59 pm

For goodness sake, leave the woman alone. I did not vote for Obama, but I think Michelle is really trying to be an asset to our country as the First Lady. People just look for something to gripe about. Poor Michelle gets critized for anything she does. I think she is doing a great job and she always reminds people that her children are her first priority. Wonder how many people think about the deadbeat parents in today’s society!

JJ, re: the meat market, that's a great...

February 5th, 2010
1:00 pm

…way to save time – but I must admit it is not cost effective. But, as we have heard on this blog many times from one dear friend , “to each his own”!

s

February 5th, 2010
1:02 pm

“RE: Food Inc – anything from Michael Moore is typically a one-sided story.”

Thats all well and good except that Micheal Moore did not have anything to do with the film “Food Inc”.

All I am saying is that everyone should watch it.

nowayoutta here

February 5th, 2010
1:03 pm

Tis Tis Tis…Can we all find the right stuff to focus on!!!! I have over 25 nieces and nephews and the majority of them need to understand that some changes need to be made in their personal eating habits. (I too am in that boat!) For the first lady to say the DIET word should not be a cause for alarm what should be stressed is the fact that the other word taken out of schools …PE. You see we all tend to focus on the effect of everything, the war, the economy, the condition of our kids and we have short term memories we FORGET the causes.
I recall growing up and playing in School…
1. Dodge ball… We cannot do that any more little Timmy might have his self esteem impacted.
2. Kick ball… We cannot do that any more cause little Mary may not be able to make it so 1st base.
3. Red rover… That’s out; Mike is not fast or strong enough to break through the lines.
4. Duck Duck goose… NOT we might offend P.E.T.A or some Vegans of the World.
5. Softball… NOPE the kids cannot hit the big round orb and might cause them to think they are failures on other parts of their life.
In an attempt to shield our kids from the THINGS we learned on the Playground, have successfully MADE them SOFT! Soft in the middle and soft when it comes to dealing with LIFE. We are our own worst enemies. Mentioning something to a person once causes an eating disorder is similar to saying that one Buffet meal WILL make you FAT! More cause to get that the effect.
Finally- the highlight of our Youth was the Annual Field Day where we celebrated fitness. I recall the spelling B champion winning the soft ball throw… Way to go Brad. I recall top honor kids winning the three legged race – Beth and Melissa! I also recall a future captain of industry winning the 100 yard dash… way to go Jay
But the one Thing I cannot recall was WHO was the Fat Kid…. focus on the Cause

luckydog

February 5th, 2010
1:04 pm

Don’t talk about those phat girlz.

FCM

February 5th, 2010
1:04 pm

“If they really want to slow obesity then start by controlling what can be purchased by federally administered food stamps. They need to stop the ability to purchase any high-fat foods.” Don’t know about that but they could certainly take a look in the SCHOOL LUNCH MENU! High sodium and fat.

Our ES allows them to chose from 3 lunches:

2/1 – Spagetti, Chicken Tenders, Yogurt Sack
2/2 – Turkey with Rice, Hot Dog, Turkey Chef
2/3 – Grill Cheese & Soup, Tacos, Turkey Wrap
2/4 – Baked Chicken, Pizza, Chicken Tender Salad
2/5 – Shrimp Poppers w/Mac & Cheese, BBQ Pork, Pizza Pack

Breakfast:
2/1 Sausage Biscuit
2/2 Ham & Cheese Biscuit
2/3 Chicken Biscuit
2/4 Waffles
2/5 Pancakes

s

February 5th, 2010
1:06 pm

“The childhood obesity epidemic is an entirely statistically manufactured myth.”

http://www.peopleofwalmart.com

Becky

February 5th, 2010
1:19 pm

@KRW..I agree about food stamp purchases..I have niece that lives in KY. and her boyfriend can go to the store and buy energy drinks..HELLO..She can also order pizza and pay for it with her food stamp card..I just think this is so wrong in so many ways..

Chip Van Distenkamp

February 5th, 2010
1:20 pm

This is the last straw – the Obama’s must resign immediately.

C.A.

February 5th, 2010
1:22 pm

The President and 1st lady have been criticized from the day they stepped foot into the White House, so it is not surprising. Childhood Obesity is a great issue. I have 2 daughters the same age as the 1st kids and coincidentally my daughter just completed a Social Studies Project on this topic. We need to bring awareness to this epidemic. Even though my kids are no where near obese, I would have not used my kids as examples. Kids are very sensitive at this age and it can damage their self-esteem. Any issues that the 1st lady may have with their weight or health need to be left in their household. However, I’m behind you 100% for the cause!

ATL

February 5th, 2010
1:23 pm

Thank You Mrs. Obama, we need to wake up and look at our kids, yes we have a whole lot of over weight children today. I think we all need to learn how to cook more healthy for our children and ourselves. Fastfood is not the way we should feed our kids.

BamaGurl

February 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

My,my aren’t we prejudice. I have never seen so many racist people as I have when it comes to blogging. Yes, our kids are fat, obese, out-of-shape whatever you want to call it. Stop being haters and let’s get with the program. Would it have sounded better coming from Barbara Bush, who thought that the Katrina victims were living better in the Dome than they had been before the hurricane, or Sarah Palin who COULD sit on her front porch and look at Russia, or the ex-Hawks player who thought that condoms would help the Haitian situation. You all sound like a bunch of prejudice fools with your fat, obese, out-of-shape children!!!!!!!!!!! Fat doesn’t care about the color of the skin, just do something about it. If I were Michelle, I really wouldn’t care if your fat a** children couldn’t come in the door with such stupid, racist mammies and pappies as ya’ll.

Brian

February 5th, 2010
1:26 pm

I blame George Bush for this even being an issue.

AuburnTigers

February 5th, 2010
1:32 pm

We have a Preisdent about to bankrupt our nation and his fat kids are the issue? Who cares? Let them stuff their faces with pizza and ice cream for all I care.

Brian

February 5th, 2010
1:34 pm

Amen AuburnTigers

Fit or Fat?

February 5th, 2010
1:34 pm

Good for her for speaking the truth: America is too fat. Sometimes the truth hurts, but it’s best to speak openly about it and avoid dancing around the issue.

Angry Moderate

February 5th, 2010
1:39 pm

If there’s any criticism that should be levied, it’s towards the hyperprotective parents who are worried about offending our children’s precious self-esteem. Newsflash: even if you are careful not to call your kids fat or chubby, their peers on the playground aren’t going to have any qualms about doing so. Kids are like that.

It’s too bad Laura Bush never called her daughters “drunken floozies” in a public venue.

BamaGurl

February 5th, 2010
1:43 pm

To AuburnTigers, yo, the country was bankrupt when our present President took office. I know you get the newspaper in Auburn, Ala. Remember George Bush the “C” student from an Ivy League school who said that the economy had a “hang over”. Come on people, after George and his brother STOLE the presidency and lied about Weapons of Mass Destruction he went on a “I’m gonna leave em crying and broke”! We were screwed when President Obama took office! At least he was elected and the “chads weren’t pregnant”. Go to the library, NO RUN to the library and check out a history book and read it. Stop rooting so much for the Tigers and root for your country! DUMMIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Angry Moderate

February 5th, 2010
1:44 pm

BamaGurl: “Prejudice” is a noun. “Prejudiced” is the word you want. Way to reinforce the stereotypes.

AuburnTigers

February 5th, 2010
1:47 pm

The country was bankrupt when he took office – so he decided to triple the deficit in the first year! And increase that deficit by another $1,000,000,000,000 in 2010! Sounds like a smart thing to do. George Bush made a “C” at an Ivy League school – what were Obama’s grades?

K

February 5th, 2010
1:48 pm

I understand her wanting to personalize the situation, however, she may have accidently labeled her kids chubby or fat. The children now think their mother thinks less of them or what happens if they grow up to be obese? Well you have always been chubby. I do not allow people to call my dogs fat. It’s derogatory regardless. I have been skinny all my life. It’s giving me a complex. Why can’t I gain some weight? I gain some weight and then people point it out and add but it looks good. So I was to thin to begin with and now I feel fat because of words. See how easy it is to inadvertently cause a eating disorder?

AuburnTigers

February 5th, 2010
1:51 pm

BamaGurl, don’t go looking for Obama’s grades or transcripts. He won’t release them. I wonder why? Maybe quotes like this will let you know how bright he is:

“I’ve been in 57 states, with I think one left to go.”

RJ

February 5th, 2010
1:52 pm

@JJ, please post pics of you and your family so we can critique. Promise I’ll be honest! It’s easy to hide behind a blog and pass judgement. I’m absolutely, positively sure you’re no Halle Berry look alike. Geesh!

SRH

February 5th, 2010
1:54 pm

@auburntigers: At Harvard Law School, Obama graduated Magna Cum Laude, which, according to the Havard Law School website, is awarded to the top 10% of Harvard Law School students. Michelle Obama graduated cum laude from Princeton. Then she attended and graduated from Harvard University School of Law. You may not like them, but they are much smarter than most.

Dr. Oz Child rearing expert

February 5th, 2010
1:56 pm

Let’s face it, obesity leads to many other health disorders. Why shouldn’t Ms. Obama (or any mother) be concerned with their childrens weight and eating habits. It’s not like she was spouting off Yo Momma so fat…jokes.

FCM

February 5th, 2010
1:58 pm

OFF TOPIC IN WTH NEWS:

“A New York City junior high student has been arrested for doodling on her desk with a marker.

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Twelve-year-old Alexa Gonzalez scribbled “Lex was here 2/1/10″ on her desk Monday at Junior High School 190 in Queens. She also wrote “I love my friends Abby and Faith.” The girl says the doodles could have been erased.” (AJC article)

Whatever happened to detention and making kids clean all the desks in the room, the grade or whatever????? Seriously they arrested a kid for this BS?

AuburnTigers

February 5th, 2010
1:59 pm

SRH: I wouldn’t call someone who claimes the U.S. has 57 states (with one more to go) as being “much smarter than most.” My 5-year old nephew knows how many states are in the U.S.!

AuburnTigers

February 5th, 2010
2:02 pm

BamaGurl – here’s the Bush Deficit vs. Obama Deficit in Pictures. By the way, Obama QUADRUPLED the deficit with his “Stimulus” package.

http://blog.heritage.org/2009/03/24/bush-deficit-vs-obama-deficit-in-pictures/

new mom

February 5th, 2010
2:04 pm

Catlady, I highly recommend ‘Maternal Gynerations’ in Lawrenceville. We used an OB for the birth of our first daughter, and a midwife for our second. Both experiences were wonderful, every staff member is so compassionate, I could go on and on. They use Gwinnett Medical Center’s woman’s pavillion, which we also loved. They are located off of Old Norcross Rd. And if she’s in the market for a pediatrician, I’d also recommend PAL (pediatric associates of lawrenceville) They are fantastic!!!

TTL

February 5th, 2010
2:04 pm

If all parents were concerned about obesity and would adjust diet appropriately, there would be no obese children. No one wants to call it, but i think obesity is child abuse. How would you otherwise classify a parent who lets 10 year old drink a case of soda a day and feeds a child only cereal, frozen food and ice cream.

penguinmom

February 5th, 2010
2:04 pm

I don’t think her comments were out of line. I do think we need to focus more on getting kids active than on what they eat. One of the biggest problems is that kids today sit too much. They aren’t allowed outside because we are all scared of letting them out of our sight. They don’t have rigorous PE at school. They tend to spend their free time sitting and playing video games or sitting and typing on the computer.
I don’t remember being inside during my childhood except when it was raining outside. I ran, climbed trees, climbed on the monkey bars, just was active in general.
(I say all of this sitting here at my computer as I have been all morning. Perhaps our kids are just imitating adults who are on FB all the time.)

Kute

February 5th, 2010
2:06 pm

I would like to have a conversation with the daughters of those that oppose Michelle’s stance on the overweight issue. Probably well on their way to growing up just like their mothers.

Power to Michelle. I am becoming depressed by all of the so called intelligent adults who take no stance on this very important issue. Pick up pen and save a kid from obesity will you.

FCM

February 5th, 2010
2:12 pm

TTL I am not agreeing to the child abuse part of your email. But your right about parents being the ones who watch what the kids eat. I know one child who’s almost every meal is strach and fried. (Spagetti, Pizza, Burgers, Nuggets or my favorite mac & cheese with fries). Mom gives the child “treats” from the Quickie Mart or Grocery on the way home from school each day…Usually Skittles, Twinkies, Cookies, or the like. Often a soda as well. The kid is active too, in sports and so forth. Mom wants to know why kid outweighs either of mine. Um, because mine actually eat healthy foods, we limit the sweets and soda is a HUGE no (yes they have it sometimes). I insist on broccoli, fruit, or other good choices. My kids will sneak Oreo’s if they are in the house though. That and Reese’s.

Corey

February 5th, 2010
2:13 pm

Auburn Tiger, it’s a known fact Mr. Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law. You do know what magna cum laude is, don’t you?

AuburnTigers

February 5th, 2010
2:14 pm

Yes, I know what magna cum laude is. I also know how many states there are, unlike Obama!

TTL

February 5th, 2010
2:14 pm

@ penguinmom – focusing on activities would not work. Many obese kids consume 4,000 – 10,000 calories a day. No amount of exercise can burn those extra calories.

TTL

February 5th, 2010
2:19 pm

FCM – i only think this way because if parents under-nourish their child, child services get involved and parents are deemed to be not suited to raise a child. So if kid is 300 lb at age of 10 i think it is appropriate to conclude that parents are abusing the child.

LydiasDad

February 5th, 2010
2:20 pm

For the first time, I applaud Michelle Obama for her comments. She should stay away from politics and push forward with this issue. Way too many “chubby” kids in Wal-Mart these days. And it seems the “chubbiness” is more prevalent among Hispanics (especially illegals). Any stats behind that?

JATL

February 5th, 2010
2:21 pm

I applaud her for taking this on as her “cause”. It’s EXTREMELY important for parents to look at their children’s nutrition and exercise. Take a look around -there are lots of chubby and fat kids out there, and regardless of self-esteem issues, being made fun of, etc., it’s so unhealthy! I’ve always had to watch my weight -sometimes winning, sometimes losing -but my mother really tried to instill good nutritionally sound eating and the importance of exercise. People getting riled up over what she said need something to do.

catlady

February 5th, 2010
2:21 pm

Thank you, New Mom! She uses PAL already, and MG is the group she hopes to get in with. Apparently you can be “rejected”!

yeahno

February 5th, 2010
2:25 pm

In all honesty, I’m betting that those girls didn’t even hear their mom’s speech until it became an issue. They have so many things like that going on around them, I’m sure they don’t pay that much attention. Now that it has become an issue of what their mom said, now it will become an issue possibly for the oldest child, but only because she will be a little embarrassed for a day or two, and then she’ll get over it. The media is stupid, and its apparently a slow news day.

melissai

February 5th, 2010
2:27 pm

I think she is being criticized for a poor choice of word/s. I’m sure when she said diet she meant that they will be making better dietary choices, healthier choices. One thing to remember, I have seen MANY young people, myself included, go through a chubby stage while going through the hormonal changes from childhood to my teens. The Obama children, especially the oldest, is hitting this stage – her body is changing. She can be eating right and exercising and still “look” chubby when she is perfectly healthy.

As a child, I didn’t have video games and 400 t.v. channels to compete for my “free” time. I spent my days outside from sun up to sun down in the summer and hit the door as soon as I was done with homework in the school year. My cousins and I played kickball, baseball, volleyball, badmitton, tetherball – and traipsed through my grandmother’s 400 acres. We didn’t snack on convenience foods either. A Little Debbie snack cake was a special treat. We had home cooked meals every night. The factors have changed so much in the last 25 years it is no wonder we have an obesity trend among our young people. And one last thing, back then we didn’t have all of the waif model advertising to give body dismorphic disorder. Today kids can’t get away from it – it’s on every magazine at the grocery store, every channel, every web page that has advertising on the side. There is where the eating disorders start…with thinking they should be more like them.

JJ

February 5th, 2010
2:28 pm

RJ get off it!!!! I’m not passing judgment. I’m merely making an OBSERVATION. Are you aware of what that is?

I can SEE things without making judgment calls. I saw three FAT kids. I didn’t judge them. I saw them.

motherjanegoose

February 5th, 2010
2:28 pm

Just in from ranting for 90 minutes with DB over lunch and we had fun!

Whew…this is not on topic at all :) but being one who is inclined to share various things that pop into my mind

@catlady, I just read your post and have not read the others.

I LOVE DR. JENNIFER AQUA on Pleasant Hill in Lilburn….the office is right off of Burns Road. I live off of Lawrenceville Suwanee but go to her for my annual check up. I started with Dr. Mark Davis ( retired) and now use Dr. Aqua. She is a wonderful person and I would recommend her. She did NOT deliver my daughter, that was the Doctor who I detested as my daughter ended up with Erb’s Palsy ( I have shared about this before) . That Doctor is still practicing in this area.
Hope it is not the one your daughter is using. T has my e-mail if you need to reach me.

Now, I will go back to reading the other posts.

JATL

February 5th, 2010
2:34 pm

MJG -DR. JENNIFER AQUA IS FANTASTIC!!!! I see her at the Decatur practice, and I was really hoping she would deliver at least one of my babies, but she wasn’t on call either time! She did my last amnio and I saw her a lot during both pregnancies. She’s got a great demeanor and is very competent. I can’t recommend her enough! Not sure what they call the practice out there, but in Decatur it’s Atlanta Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Becky

February 5th, 2010
2:37 pm

Not sure who said it, but how do you think that Michelle Obama is fat? If you call that fat, half of the world must be really, really obese..

3 Squares

February 5th, 2010
2:37 pm

Remember, the Subway spokesman lost 369 pounds on the all-hoagie diet. (Seinfeld).

The point is that we have a lot to learn about nutrition. They’re coming out with a fat pill, or a skinny pill….if you take this pill you will lose weight, okay?

They’re also coming out with an old pill, or a youth pill….if you take this pill you’ll stay young, okay?

They’re talking about a stupid pill, or a smart pill….if you take this pill you’ll be smarter than a fifth grader, okay?

They already have a sad pill, or a happy pill….when you take this pill you wont be depressed, okay?

They have pills for everything except ED. If only they could invent some chemical or drug that would help older, fat, depressed morons find love……

BamaGurl

February 5th, 2010
2:41 pm

To Angry Moderate, WHATEVER!!!!!!!!!! To AuburnTigers leave the sheep alone! You know what I mean. Blah, Blah, Blah. It is what it is!!!! Like I SAID, go read a book! Or go back in the pasture to your sheep!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve heard what you do to farm animals!

goawayobozo

February 5th, 2010
2:42 pm

@FCM & Becky
I think you should vote for barry -only this time let’s give him the agenda to make this a socialist society. I am sure you would like to be limited in what Christmas presents you are allowed to buy (that is as long as Christmas is legal in your world), you would obviously enjoy being told that you can not purchase perfume because it offends barry’s sense of smell (he really has no common), and maybe it would be good for you if it were a law that anyone seen looking at anything of interest should be shot.
@Bamagurl
wow, you are racist! If your obozo barry is soooo good, then why is the econmy getting worse, why does he NEVER take blame for his mistakes and WHY OH WHY does he think that he can break constitutional law just to enforcehis agenda? That’s what I thought – he thinks he is marx.

RJ

February 5th, 2010
2:46 pm

JJ, still waiting for those pics…

motherjanegoose

February 5th, 2010
2:47 pm

O.K….I may be totally missing something here but 22 pounds of meat in 34 days equals about 2/3 a pound per day divided by 2 people at JJ’s house ( she said she had a roommate) which is 1/3 pound per person: 5 ish ounces.

The recommendation is 2-3 servings of protein per day is it not? How many ounces per serving?

As an early childhood teacher, these math equations are not my forte!!! Perhaps someone can clarify.

Is 1/3 pound per person each day a TERRIBLE thing? I do not generally eat meat for breakfast or lunch, as I usually have fruit, bagel, yogurt or soup. …so this is typically my only serving. I am thinking boneless chicken breasts come 3 in a pack for a pound, so they are each 5 ounces or so.

I grew up on the farm and we always had a meat dish for dinner. I also fix salad, fruit, rolls, pasta, rice, veggies etc.

Becky

February 5th, 2010
2:55 pm

@goawayobozo..What is your problem?

johnqpublic

February 5th, 2010
2:58 pm

In her senior thesis at Princeton, Michele Obama , the wife of Barack Obama stated that America was a nation founded on ‘crime and hatred’. Moreover, she stated that whites in America were ‘ineradicably racist’. The 1985 thesis, titled ‘Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community’ was written under her maiden name, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson.

Michelle Obama stated in her thesis that to ‘Whites at Princeton , it often seems as if, to them, she will always be Black first…’ However, it was reported by a fellow black classmate, ‘If those ‘Whites at Princeton ‘ really saw Michelle as one who always would ‘be Black first,’ it seems that she gave them that impression’.

Most alarming is Michele Obama’s use of the terms ’separationist’ and ‘integrationist’ when describing the views of black people. Mrs. Obama clearly identifies herself with a ’separationist’ view of race.

‘By actually working with the Black lower class or within their communities as a result of their ideologies, a separationist may better understand the desperation of their situation and feel more hopeless about a resolution as opposed to an integrationist who is ignorant to their plight.’

Obama writes that the path she chose by attending Princeton would likely lead to her ‘further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant.’

Michele Obama clearly has a chip on her shoulder. Not only does she see separate black and white societies in America, but she elevates black over white in her world.

So, johnqpublic...

February 5th, 2010
3:16 pm

Do you elevate whites over blacks in “your world”?

JJ

February 5th, 2010
3:23 pm

RJ – hold your breath, and wait right there.

catlady

February 5th, 2010
3:41 pm

Thanks to all you who gave advice on the OB! It is a warm community here (sometimes a heated community :) God bless.

Rebecca

February 5th, 2010
3:45 pm

Do President Obama & First Lady have people that work for them that audit their speeches? Their choice of words often gets them in trouble. I agree with the point the First Lady was trying to get across however.

Did anyone see Oprah yesterday with Dr Oz? The subject was Diabetes and its rampant decent on this generation. Our children consume almost 2x as much sugar as we did. AA & Latino children are at much greater risk. Just a shocking show to watch. I don’t recall anyone on the show using works like fat or chubby.

Messages often get distorted if the wording and delivery is wrong.

motherjanegoose

February 5th, 2010
3:49 pm

LOL…catlady, especially when someone ( like me) has the nerve to go off base and interject something that is not related to the topic…like I am known to do.

Maybe this has to do with teaching and juggling so many hats at once; however, I know DB is not a teacher ( her mother is) and she does a fine job bouncing around with me during out lunches out….you never know what we might get into!

HUGS to you DB.

Will someone please answer my question about the appropriate portions of meat? I ran this by my daughter and she agreed that 2/3 pound of meat shared by 2 people for a meal is not outrageous.
Maybe we are both missing something?

justmy2cents

February 5th, 2010
3:50 pm

FCM…she just turned 11 last week and we took her out of all outside activities to concentrate on schoolwork. I’m pretty sure sitting at the kitchen table doing homework doesn’t burn excessive calories. :o)

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 5th, 2010
4:05 pm

@MJG…I’m no nutritionist, but this is a little blurb from a Harvard publication that says more than 18 ounces of red meat (beef, pork, lamb) may contribute to a higer rate of colon cancer….granted there could be a lot of other factors that those inclined to eat more than 18 ounces of red meat do that those as compared to those who don’t eat that much. 1/3 of a pound of meat a day = 37.3 ounces per week. (16oz x 1/3 of a lb x 7 days a week)

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/protein/

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 5th, 2010
4:16 pm

Here is another article that makes the assertion that those who eat the most red meat have a greatly increased risk of dying from cancer as compared to those who eat the least.

Interestingly, I didn’t see where it quantified whether or not consuming 2 1/3 pounds of read meat per week would qualify as being in the high meat consumption group.

I don’t vouch or make any assertions as to the validity and/or scientific soundness of these studies….but almost 2 1/2 pounds of meat a week for me would be a bit much. And I assume that’s just for dinner, and doesn’t include things like breakfast sausage or ham, processed turkey sammies for lunch, etc. If one is eating 2 1/3 lbs just for dinner weekly, it’s probably not a stretch to think the total for the week is well over 3 lbs per week.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/story?id=7153072&page=3

Tiffany

February 5th, 2010
4:19 pm

@Auburn Tigers…trying to make people think that President Obama doesn’t know how many states there are is simply ludicrous. I applaud Michelle Obama in every way. She’s an AWESOME role model…she’s a great mom, and she truly cares about all of our kids too.

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 5th, 2010
4:45 pm

@MJG…I was just curious…I know you’ve written about your kids here in the past, but I don’t recall what you’ve written about them. Does your daughter have some educational/professional credentials that allow her to be an “expert witness” on how much meat consumption was reasonable or not, or was it just kind of a “man on the street” opinion?

HB

February 5th, 2010
4:49 pm

Food pyramid recommendation is 5-6 oz (depending on age and gender) daily from the meat and beans food group and they stress the importance of including fish, nuts, and seeds and not fulfilling this part of your diet by eating only land animals. Meat, however, can be left out completely if one chooses to eat adquate amounts of beans, nuts, soy, etc, as well as eggs if they are lacto-ovo vegetarians. So 1/3 lb of meat every day does appear to be too much and someone eating that amount should look into replacing some of that with nut butters, beans, etc (if they are already eating those, then can just cut back on the meat).

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 5th, 2010
4:52 pm

http://www.everydayhealth.com/blog/zimney-health-and-medical-news-you-can-use/its-time-to-cut-back-your-red-meat-consumption/

@ MJG…here is an article that makes a connection between the study that made all the news and just how much read meat consumption was considered “high”. It states that 4 oz per day (1/4 pound) raises your overall risk of dying prematurely, raises your risk of dying from cancer and raises your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

So if one believes the study is correct and that this author drew the appropriate conclusions from it, then the answer to your question is yes, 1/3 of a pound of red meat per day is excessive and will have detrimental effects to your health.

RJ

February 5th, 2010
4:58 pm

@JJ, if I consumed that much meat every day I wouldn’t want to show my picture either. Whatever your issue is with Mexicans, keep your comments or “oberservations” to yourself. You come across as ignorant and racist. Now, is that plain enough for you?

I am sooooo very proud to have Michelle Obama as my First Lady. She’s doing an awesome job!

catlady

February 5th, 2010
5:33 pm

I eat less than a pound of straight meat a week–mostly chicken and fish and turkey.

Read the study in National Geographic about places with the least cancer and the longest rate of living. The primo place in the US is Loma Linda, California, which has a very high number of Seventh Day Adventists, who generally shun meat.

However, I think each person should choose what works best for them, eating and deliberately, based on what is important to them.

catlady

February 5th, 2010
5:34 pm

Should have said “eating consciousl¥ and deliberately”.

motherjanegoose

February 5th, 2010
5:34 pm

@ tiger LOL, no my daughter is a Senior in HS and plans to go into foods and nutrition next year
( in college), so my guess is that she should know all about this by the time she GETS her degree. She watches all the FOOD NETWORK shows and takes the magazines too but she certainly is NO expert and thus her opinion, like mine on this subject, may not be valid.

I actually was not thinking about only red meat, so maybe that was why I was confused. Is pork considered red meat…I was thinking the ad: PORK…THE OTHER WHITE MEAT. We eat chicken and fish here too!

I serve meat at every dinner meal. If that is a problem, it is mine and those who enjoy dinner with me, JJ. I am with you here and give me a shout if you have an extra plate for dinner…I am less than 15 minutes away…LOL.

Both of my Grandmothers lived to be 90 plus and they also served meat for dinner. I never saw my husband’s Great Grandfather without a cigarette and a cup of coffee and he lived to be 92. My father in law drinks, smokes and has 8-10 cups of coffee each day. He is in his mid 70’s.

SOOO…I am not going to worry about the pork loin/chops, fajitas, chicken, steak ,salmon,and roast I serve to my family. THIS IS JUST ME.

@ Tiffany…do you know Michelle personally…to say she is a great Mom? I have oodles of people who know me personally and say good things about me while others ( on this blog) rip me to shreds . I do not know her personally and she may be WONDERFUL….. I am just sayin….

Not getting into a political snafu but CLARK HOWARD ( WSB here radio) today said that the bond rating of America has been downgraded by Moody’s and if we do not get on a tighter fiscal program with less debt our country will be in big trouble in TEN years. Those of you who are thrilled with Obama might want know this. Clark Howard does not usually venture into politics…he is a money man. He said we are headed into trouble with the debt factor as other countries are losing faith in the USA as far as paying back their debt. I am NOT an economist but heard this today. Anyone else?

catlady

February 5th, 2010
5:35 pm

Correction: Should have said “eating consciously and deliberately”.

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 5th, 2010
5:46 pm

@MJG…the study sites pork as a non lean meat…but it’s from a pig, so that’s not real surprising, i guess..they’re the international symbol of fat.

So as this relates to what JJ outlined, if you excluded the 4 lbs of chicken, that would presumably be 18 lbs of read meat consumed over 34 days, which puts the average daily consumption at 4.24 oz. The studies apparently show that, statistically speaking, that is bad for a person over the long run.

LOL…that’s what I love about you MJG, you ask what’s the guideline, you get an answer, then say Bahhhh…I know people in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s who smoke, so I’m not going to worry about it! That’s classic and cracks me up. I love having you here, you’re a vital part of keeping my debate skills sharp! I’m serious..don’t ever change.

motherjanegoose

February 5th, 2010
5:59 pm

@ tiger, glad someone here likes me….it really makes my day. Two people in one day now, DB and now you! Glad you could join us, I have been “here” on and off for almost 4 years. Some wish I would leave….

Yesterday a 4 year old told me: YOU ARE FUNNY AND COOL. I laughed and told him my own kids do not think so….:)

In our extended family, we talk about this all the time. There are those RELATED TO US who have no regard for eating or living healthy and they are around for a LONG time. Then, we have friends who are somewhat conscious of things and they get cancer or something else awful and die early…leaving a young family without them. Did you happen to see the almost 99 year old real estate lady on Huckabee? I was in a hotel ( where I could use the remote control) and he was interviewing her 2 weeks ago on his show. She is from Texas and I’ll bet she eats beef! I loved watching her…she was a riot. She played a ukelele ( sp?) and sang him a little song. Sharp as a tack…I need her mind skills and wonder what she eats to keep those up.

When I was a new teacher, I had a precious student named Ryan ( who is in his 30’s probably now).
His Dad was a fighter pilot: a somewhat dangerous job. He got killed when he was hit by a car riding in a bicycle marathon. The Mom was left with 2 young boys. I am certain she could NOT believe it….all the times he was deployed and she was worrying that he may not return and then most likely not worrying about this trip and he was GONE.

So I will continue to enjoy a steak as I may be hit by a car and it would be a shame if my last meal was ( or is it were) LEGUMES!

Hillary

February 5th, 2010
6:06 pm

I understand Michelle Obama and I agree wholeheartedly, I like many parents we want to believe our kids are perfect. What is wrong with that? How can any body twist around what she has said? It is CLEAR there is some evil intent here! Something smells here!

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 5th, 2010
6:12 pm

@MJG….glad it makes your day…but don’t think this means I’m not calling you out when I think you’re selling me a load of crap! ;-)

motherjanegoose

February 5th, 2010
6:33 pm

@tiger…to be sure…someone needs too!!!

DB and I agree that we share things on this blog that no one will pay any attention too….

AND THEN when those same parents are in the scenario, they may say

“What did those crazy ladies on the blog say about this….I never thought I would need to know this…”

Kind of like the things your Grandma used to say…you thought they were hopelessly old fashioned but VOILA they did have a time and place!

FCM

February 5th, 2010
7:25 pm

goawayobozo

February 5th, 2010
2:42 pm

@FCM ” Obviously you either cannot read, do not usually read what I write or you have a typo. I am a LIBERTARIAN. A very opinionated and outspoken one. Ask most anyone who contributes here. (Shaggy? Tiger? MJG? HB? Anybody willing to vouch that I am an opinionated, outspoken, libertarian and not a liberal??????)

I did not vote for the current POTUS. When he runs again I plan to help him be a one term President. NONE of his agenda comes to close to what I feel should be the direction of the country.

Of course if this is just Jane in another disguise I understand.

HB

February 5th, 2010
8:06 pm

Yup, I’ll vouch for you. FCM has said many times that she’s a libertarian and her opinions back that up.

FCM

February 5th, 2010
10:39 pm

Thank HB. I even had to go back and read what I said today. Still have no idea were goawayobozo came up with that stuff.

JATL

February 6th, 2010
12:03 am

@FCM -goawayobozo’s comments weren’t really even intelligible. I don’t think it’s Jane in disguise, but I could be mistaken. What has happened to our dear Jane? I hope she didn’t work herself into such a snit that she had a stroke or something ;-)

Brian

February 6th, 2010
1:11 pm

The first lady should follow her husbands lead and use a telepromter loaded by speechwriters.

Byron Mathison Kerr

February 6th, 2010
4:39 pm

I have faith that the First Lady knows what would or would not embarrass her children. Chubby is a mild word, in my opinion. And diet is a plan for how one eats just like budget is a plan for how one spends money. A diet and a weight-loss diet aren’t the same thing. As with so many things today, this is much ado about nothing!

Valerie

February 6th, 2010
4:41 pm

The first thing that parents should do is stop taking their children to places like Stevie B’s pizza and other poor people places like Applebee’s. Not only is the food unhealthy, I would be embarrassed to be seen there. I don’t eat stuff, why would my kid? And besides, do you enjoy diarrhea?

DavidS

February 6th, 2010
5:28 pm

Meanwhile her husband is proposing the most overbloated budget in the history of human existence. I think its time for this family to just shut up about everyone else until they get their own house in order. They have caused enough misery in this country and every country in the middle east already.

iRun

February 6th, 2010
5:29 pm

If everyone would just come run with me then no one would be fat!

C’mon! Meet me at the Carter Center tomorrow morning at 9am. We’ll go lay down 5 miles and get you set for your Super Bowl party.

GEAUX SAINTS!

iRun

February 6th, 2010
5:43 pm

OK, in all seriousness….Michelle Obama is not trying to create laws or legislation. Every First Lady has to champion a cause and bring awareness to it, but they never bring it to politics. Michelle’s is with healthy eating (the organic garden at the White House) and childhood obesity.

She’s not butting into your and your kids’ lives because she’s not some sort of enforcer. She’s just bringing awareness…stuff like breast cancer walks but here it’s organic gardens.

So, chill, it’s all good.

As for calling her kids chubby (in the past tense, at that) I wouldn’t be surprised if she’d spoken with her children ahead of time and let them know she would be talking about them. It wasn’t like these were off the cuff statement that a reporter caught as Michelle was walking to her car from Kroger, or something. They knew ahead of time what would be discussed and likely thought about it.

As for PresBO thinking there are 57 states…please…anyone with a brain or not trying to be a jackass knows he doesn’t think there are 57 states. He misspoke while fatigued on the campaign trail. Much like the way, after I ran 18 miles this morning, I went into the gas station to get a gatorade and the clerk told me it was $2.XX and I handed over $0.XX and he gave me this look….

As for Michelle having a fat bottom? Didn’t you know that fat-bottomed girls make the rockin world go round?

somewhereinga

February 6th, 2010
5:45 pm

Hey Lydiasdad. How do you tell from looking at a “Mexican” kid that he is illegal?

somewhereinga

February 6th, 2010
5:58 pm

Maybe it’s about time we start calling fat FAT. They have FAT shows on TV. Certain actresses celebrate their fatness! (as if having heart disease early is something to celebrate!)

One of the reasons I enjoy going to Sam’s club is the fact that I’m only 30 lbs overweight and I’m usually the thinnest person there! I feel downright skinny! Some of the people there are having to ride in skooters because their legs can’t hold them up any more! It’s disgusting the way some of these people look!

The worst part is when you see fat parents and their kids are fat too. It’s not some gene they are passing down to their kids. It’s their bad eating habits and NO exercise habits. AND THEY DON’T SEE THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM!

TnGelding

February 6th, 2010
6:12 pm

Yes, no and children are grown. Much ado about nothing. Anyone that watched her entire discussion would realize that. They made several lifestyle changes besides “diet.”

TnGelding

February 6th, 2010
6:15 pm

Sorry, I didn’t realize this was restricted to moms! Hang in there, ladies.

Carter is a Fool

February 6th, 2010
6:41 pm

Who gives a crap. Not me.

Tiffany

February 6th, 2010
8:26 pm

Stevi B’s and Applebees are for poor people???

tripledart

February 7th, 2010
10:56 am

From the looks of it I believe Moma Obama her self needs to be on a diet.

memyselfandI

February 7th, 2010
10:58 am

@catlady—try Maternal Gynerations Dr. Wiist!! Love Love Love everyone @ that practice; they have delivered 2 of my babies 2002 and 2005.

JoeDawg

February 7th, 2010
11:08 am

Maybe Michelle Muslim Obama should just shut her sickducker, and stop attending to other people’s business.
Maybe that Muslim SOB she’s married to should just quit now.

JoeDawg

February 7th, 2010
11:11 am

Valerie, just because you can’t afford Applebees doesn’t mean we shouldn’t partake of the joy of RIBS, you do wrap them lips around RIBS dontcha!

michelle

February 7th, 2010
11:25 am

i think she is being unfairly criticized, but that’s how it’s going to be with anything anyone in the obama family does in the next 3 years. she made it a personal issue and showed that it affects even the president’s family. and she is including her own family in her cause, which also shows that she’s walking the walk.

listen, i have a psychology degree but i don’t agree with the snippet above’s suggestions. we are so afraid of every single little thing impacting a child’s future mentality that we’re just supposed to walk on eggshells and coddle to their fragile little emotions, and i think it’s being overdone to the point of nausea. there’s nothing wrong with cold-hard truths to get your kids in line, as long as you follow it up with suggestions/remedies (action) and not just keep telling the kid they’re chubby (in my view, verbal child abuse). there’s also nothing wrong with a child’s weight as long as they eat healthy and they get exercise….let’s face it, some kids just have bad genes and can’t lose weight no matter what. but let’s remember also, parents…YOU are the provider. if your child doesn’t have bad genes and they’re overweight, restructure their diet and get them off the couch. “diet” doesn’t mean weightloss. “diet” is what you eat day in and day out.

D

February 7th, 2010
11:36 am

No she was not out of line. She only spoke the truth. It’s amazing to me how the world seem to have the First Family – The Obama’s under a microscope!

Kim

February 7th, 2010
11:44 am

Get a grip people. We have more important issues to deal with (healthcare, war, economic crisis, education, etc).

Genes

February 7th, 2010
11:45 am

Unfortunately it is in a childs’ family genes to be overweight. I have a family member who has a child that is and always have been overweight. No matter what the mother do – the child is still overweight. This childs’ father side of the family is obese and have a lot of health issues. The mother of this child has this child into sports all year long; but it doesn’t help. This child is still overweight. The mother has changed this childs’ eating habits; but that doesn’t work. The child exercises probably more than the average child…but the child is still obese. So it’s not always about a diet or even exercise. Some people are just prone to being obese..its’ very sad and unfortunate, but true.

thatsme

February 7th, 2010
11:49 am

The word “diet” according to Webster’s dictionary is “a: food and drink regularly provided or consumed b : habitual nourishment c : the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason d : a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight.” Unfortunately, it is the fourth definition (d) that comes to most people’s mind, but it is not the sole meaning of the word. Mrs. Obama said nothing wrong. Having foods or drinks regularly provided or consumd to provide habitiual nourishment should not be an issue–it’s what is needed.

jan

February 7th, 2010
11:53 am

No more critical on Obama than on Bush for her “just say no” or Clinton on healthcare. Neither president’s wife were being completely honest in either of their campaigns. It’s just a way for the wives to have an agenda and live in a fantasy world that they can actually make a difference. They are just arm candies that have to feel they are important so they can be ignored by their spouses except for public displays of happy married.
Have any wives agendas really changed anything in America? Why can’t you deal with something that is really important to rearing our children. I.E. drugs in schools, sexual harassment by teachers and other students, bullies, low self esteem, children that can’t afford to eat at school, buy school supplies or have an actual home to go to instead of a shelter or hotel? Go up and face the problems in the Atlanta area and not situations that directly do not help our area.

thatsme

February 7th, 2010
11:55 am

AuburnTigers, have you ever heard of people being misquoted? Have you also ever heard of typos? I’m pretty sure if you are a regular reader of this newspaper, you’ve seen them. Have you never misspoke, said one word, but meant to say something different? Probably not, you’re perfect, right. Sorry, everyone else for continuing a conversation that was COMPLETELY off topic.

Brenda Lumpkin-Rhaney

February 7th, 2010
12:02 pm

I think people cannot even see past Michelle Obama’s color. Everything she says the are going to find a problem with just to get back at her husband in some way. It is our duty as parents to keep our children healthy and a diet doesn’t mean she is keeping food from them, she is giving them healthier meals. Most obese people will tell you they learned their unhealthy eating habits in childhood. Look past who the woman is and what color she is and take her words to be true. Gosh people this is 2010, when are we going to get past race?

Brenda

Craig

February 7th, 2010
12:07 pm

For you racist that think Michelle is being critisized because she is black, get a life please. We now have a black person in the White House and yes, there will be racisim out there and it that subject is a two way street. The Black Panther Party is to blacks what the KKK is to whites…pure racists. This is being over blown and should go away. I would rather she be asked about some of her husbands policies and does she still think America is a bad place.

AllyanaZ

February 7th, 2010
12:08 pm

A parent becoming aware of their child being obese and putting the child on a diet has nothing to do with creating eating disorders. Eating disorders are psychological. Obesity is a physical problem. The psychological problem comes in when you let your child become obese and their friends start calling them names because of it. I think it’s admirable that Ms. Obama pointed out that she became aware of the problem and is addressing it before it becomes a psychological and a health issue. She said in a way that people identify with. Offense usually comes from the listening side. Oh, I know, maybe it’s better to coddle people with language. “Your child weighs more than they should” still means “Your child is too fat.”

If you’re dumb enough to let your child become unhealthily fat by letting them sit for hours in front of the TV and video games and eat junk food, then maybe you need the truth shoved in your face with blunt language.

JD

February 7th, 2010
12:09 pm

Wow!!! Way to go with the nick-picking. Why is the standard so different when it comes to the Obama’s? The only answer is race. If this was Laura Bush nothing would be said about this at all ther than to praise her for doing a good thing. Get a life.

jonathan partridge

February 7th, 2010
12:13 pm

get a life people face the facts, she was woman enough to say what you are not and not only are the childrens in the states are getting fat, so are the people who make money from the way of life they sale to the kids and parents these days, we all could shade some weight off and myself to if you did not like what the Frist lady said you may want to check your weight too. only thing small with you is your mind she was on point with what she said and how she said it.

mike

February 7th, 2010
1:22 pm

You will always have morons ready to complain on anything that comes out of the First lady’s mouth. This has become a part of their presence for being in the White House. There will always be in this country those who have a problem with that black family being at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. And yes this is a fat, wasteful society.

HSteacher

February 7th, 2010
1:33 pm

As a teacher I see every day how many kids are at or way beyond just being “overweight”. Look at what’s on convenience store shelves and look at how many parents don’t even ask what the kids are buying. We’re addicted to fat and sugar in this country, and it’s showing. It’s easier to buy a bag of chips than it is to peel and apple or an orange for the kids, and often it’s cheaper. My students tell me all the time that they’d rather have junk and that their parents buy it for them. As parents, we have to sacrifice a little couch time ourselves and help our kids learn a safe, healthy attitude toward’s food. Just letting them eat what they want, while healthy for their self-esteem, just breeds overeating and addiction to food.

As a parent, my son’s pediatrician said the same thing the Obama’s doctor said. We’ve had to seriously look at our daily routine and eating habits and I’ve had many discussions with my son about what to eat and the importance of proper weight. Instead of it “triggering” a self-esteem issue or eating disorder, it’s been a great way to get together and learn. He now is interested in cooking and reading labels, and often corrects my choices in the store. He still loves his ice cream and chips (he’s a kid after all), but he and I have shared some wonderful times planning menus and cooking meals together. What some would see as a “problem” has become a great learning experience and has fostered some very good family time in the store and the kitchen. I love my son enough to help him learn about healthy eating and healthy life. I want him to be around long after I’m old and gray.

Just Sayin'

February 7th, 2010
2:26 pm

There are too many uneducated people in this country when it comes to this topic. Including Ms. Obama and her Pediatrician. There’s a difference between being overweight and overfat. Many can be overweight and still be completely healthy. In addition, kids will often fluccuate during development and may indeed become overfat as a mechanism to store energy for development. Ms. Obama’s message should have been nothing about her kids. And her pediatrician should have educated her appropriately about “overweight”. Her message should be focused on developing/maintaining healthy lifestyle habits that can be carried from youth to adulthood.

Gimmeyodollar

February 7th, 2010
2:36 pm

This is the dumbest article in the AJC. The author of this obviously had nothing else better to write about. Nit-picking over words and making assumptions about what her kids think and feel. Get a life. Better yet, ask the first family for their input before making ASSumptions

Gimmeyodollar

February 7th, 2010
2:40 pm

The “majority” of Americans are so accustomed to seeing a flat pan-caked bootied First Lady in the White House.

Mary

February 7th, 2010
2:49 pm

I think it is wonderful that someone has finally addresed the issue of obseity in children. It has become a national disgrace that these children are so over weight. It starts at a young age and then when they are young teens these children weigh more than their parents. Gym needs to be back in the schools.

MUSTANG100

February 7th, 2010
3:01 pm

Oh Michelle, just shut up and go make the White House chef cook y’all some supper.

RealMom

February 7th, 2010
3:07 pm

Enough already! The reason we have so many overweight children and adults is because people want to tiptoe around this issue. It is a serious one, and needs to be tackled head on. The 1st Lady did the right thing…more parents should follow in her footsteps!

RealMom

February 7th, 2010
3:10 pm

One more thing….anyone criticizing the 1st Lady for her comments is probably overweight, you don’t have to admit it to me…I’m just saying.

Sick of Constant Criticism Of Obama's

February 7th, 2010
3:30 pm

Nothing she said was out of line. But the majority will criticize anything the Obama’s say or do, forgetting the misery and h*** hole the previous administration has gotten this country into.

boots

February 7th, 2010
3:45 pm

She is way out of line, but she should worry more about her husband spending money like a druken sailor and telling us to shut up as a nation than she is about her girls’ weight. Besides, she is not looking too thin herself… WE ARE NOT A SOCIALIST NATION!!!!

Jimmy Carter

February 7th, 2010
4:00 pm

Wonder if Obama’s brother and other relatives are overweight in Africa…I wonder but I bet Michelle doesn’t!

Too Old to Worry

February 7th, 2010
4:04 pm

This is what POLITICAL CORRECTNESS gets you. Personally I think Political Correctness is an attempt on mind control and STINKs. It just makes unproductive work for lilberals.

Can't wait til 2012

February 7th, 2010
5:12 pm

First of all why do we care what she said ? I still remember her comment about never being proud of her country. Every one has put the Obozo’s and Oprah on a pedistol, they are no better than anyone else. What makes them the authority ?
Growing up all free time during the day was spent outside running, playing and burning calores and although junk food was not availabe every day, a bag of potato chips or cookies would almost disappear in mere minutes once open. My mouth waters remembering the home made biscuits or my grandmother’s Pound cake, my mother’s Fried Chicken was out of this world, my brothers and I were never close to being over wait. So ,is it the foods we consume or is it the inactivety?

Lee T

February 7th, 2010
6:05 pm

This broohaa should not even be a part of the discussion. “Chubby” is a very innocuous word that should pain no one. Would the objectors prefer that she had called her daughters “Fat?” As an adult who weighs a good 182# and stands 5′10″, I see the problem of obesity and overweight as a national catastrophe but we have so man people caught up in throwing all sorts of garbage down their throats that I am more offended by them than anything Ms Obama may have to say.

Ms Obama’s words are not costing me money, fat people are! The hospitals cannot adequately treat people with regular ailments because they have to make so many Concessions for “the fat squad.” It will cost over $50B a year by 2015 to deal with the ravages of overearting and bad eating so there is where the criticism should be going.

Kudos to Ms Obama for making it personal and may she have the heart to really counsel her daughters rather than waste time responding to these critics.

IMHO

lamac66

February 7th, 2010
9:33 pm

Traci

February 7th, 2010
9:40 pm

If she said nothing about her own kids — then there would be some RIGHT WING radical talking about —- if she is so perfect – what about her own kids……
I am so sick of this nit picking b.s.
Bottom line is …OUR KIDS ARE GETTING FAT.

Walk around a mall one Saturday….most of the kids couldn’t run a block if they had to.
(you know it’s true —- we have sissyfied the boys and the girls are too busy telling mom what to do)

Traci

February 7th, 2010
9:44 pm

The only excercise kids tjhese days can do — is the walk from the driveway to car. They don’t even RUN ANYMORE to do that!

I BLAME ALL OF THE MOMS

McDonalds, Wendy’s and Pizza are not your firends…. It’s fast and convienent today — turns your kids into big fat tubs of lard with bad eating habits by the time they are 12.

Barbara Cummings

February 7th, 2010
10:25 pm

Who are we to tell Michelle what she can and can’t say. She is smart and intelligent. Some of these negative comments are so silly. Keep up the good work Michelle. Our children need all the help they can get.

Alecia

February 7th, 2010
10:41 pm

I believe in being firm with a child and serving healthy food as well as let them know that french fries kill(clog arteries), no clean plate club, and we have a “sweet budget”. My tactic includes ohysical activity, education, and availabilty of healthty choices. It is not hard to put a healthy meal in the slow cooker or overcook a bunch of food and freeze it.

However, I know a lady that is continously calling her 7 yr old daughter a fat slob(in front of child and others)The mom places looks above brains and self confidence. This child calls herself a fat slob and has very low self esteem. This same mother stocks her fridge with sugary soda and pushes Little Debbies on my kid. Just saying…Sometimes the indirect approach works best.

JoeDawg

February 8th, 2010
2:52 am

All you fat azz higganoes shut up!!

JoeDawg

February 8th, 2010
2:52 am

Michelle Obama is a lard-assed HO!

MOM3

February 8th, 2010
8:33 am

My big problem with this is that Michelle is broadcasting to the world a conversation between her and her children’s doctor that should be kept private. I want my children to feel like their doctor is someone that they can trust without question – and that they could go to him with any issue that they need help with. How likely will these children be to open up to their doctor now – knowing that whatever is said will be on the national news? There is a reason that our government has laws that protect a patient’s privacy.

loti

February 8th, 2010
8:13 pm

For the no birth certificate president commentator, how many times does a President have to release his birth certificate for it to be real? Does it depend on his color or his party? As I recall, President Obama has had his birth certificate released twice by the State of Hawaii and once by his campagin. How many other presidents have had their birth certificates released? Since we KNOW John McCain was born in Panama…how many of the birthers objected to his run for President?
For those who want the Obamas to come out of their ‘private’ lives regarding obesity issues and health issues…where were YOUR complaints when the Bush’s were promoting SAY NO TO DRUGS? (And I suported that effort, just in case you are wondering) NOBODY is targeting you, as self absorbed as you appear to be. Let those who are affected and who want a change for their children take note. The rest of us can go on with our lives, much like we did with the SAY NO TO DRUGS program.

loti

February 8th, 2010
8:24 pm

Joe Dawg…your nic says it all. I rest my case.

KP

February 9th, 2010
11:50 am

I think the focus on healthy eating for children is a wonderful cause for our first lady. I think that our public school lunch programs would be a place where she could make a difference. Take out the vending machines and offer only healthy choices for lunch at all levels of schools. I do think however, it would have been better to leave out comments about her daughters. Body image is a big deal for teens. It would have mortified me if my parent had discussed something personal like this about me in a public forum.

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Niknah

February 11th, 2010
10:02 am

Seriously, people come on! If she didn’t bring her girls as examples, everyone would be complain about how she is not familiar with this type of situation. When she does bring her girls into it, she is being told that she is not respecting her childrens privacy. MAKE UP YOUR MINDS!!!

AllyanaZ

February 11th, 2010
1:43 pm

I came back to this to see the additional comments, and the words “putting on a diet” keep coming in. It should just be “diet” as in WHAT YOU EAT. If you are on a healthy “diet” to begin with, i.e., you eat what’s good for you and you exercise, you’ll probably never need to go on “a diet”. I think lots of parents get upset over the subject because they are guilty of letting their kids eat whatever they want, or they cut corners by stopping by the fast food “dinner” supply house. I know – you have to work and don’t have time to be a good parent. Today I was behind a woman who had two kids who were FAT. They weren’t chubby; they were not over-weight; they were FAT and one was eating a donut. The mother was carrying the donut bag.

Michael

February 14th, 2010
7:33 pm

Coleen

February 15th, 2010
8:38 pm

As a fat child, my mother had no problem sharing my dr visit reports with her friends. I was so embarrassed. One of my mother’s friends enjoyed making fun of me as a result of this. I’m in my 30’s and I still remember how I felt. My feelings were not taken into consideration. I may have been a child, but I had feelings and I deserved respect. I would never share personal info about my child’s health in a public forum, not without my child’s permission first.

Sandra

February 16th, 2010
10:02 am

Are any of you parents? If you are you need help.

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X Youth FAT

April 24th, 2010
11:34 am

She needs to keep em off the Fatback, Chitlins, Fried Catfish, and Pork Chops….this will help her girls

Loving DAD

April 24th, 2010
11:45 am

I am serious about what I am about to say. It hurts me to say this but truth is truth…..

I had pleaded with my wife for years to stop killing our son by giving him whatever he wanted to eat! He was so fat. I would say something and she would go beserk! Said I did not “Love” him.

I got so upset with how my wife was feeding my son (all kinds of FATTY foods) and got so desperate, I actually called his Pediatrician and begged him to lay the law down to HER! Thank GOD he actually did it, otherwise my son would have endured all kinds of mental and physical issue throughout his life!

Because I called and laid my heart out for my son, he now is living a normal high school teenage life – otherwise only GOD knows what his future would have been.

OH yeah, she still does not know I called as it was done in 1oo% confidence with the DR and staff. Thanks Dr S…and Kathy for saving my son’s life.

I guess what I am saying is….take the situation in hand and deal with it yourself, because the other parent may have NO clue about what is before their eyes!
Now I have to deal with her obesity daily – and that IS pure HELL!

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