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When Michelle Obama Starts Starving the Kids
The New American ^ | September 26, 2012 | Selwyn Duke

Posted on 09/26/2012 5:56:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Unprecedented school-lunch regulations have just gone into effect, and they suggest a new answer to the question “Where’s the beef?”: not on students’ plates— or on their bones. The regulations are a result of Michelle Obama’s “Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act,” which was passed by the lame-duck, Democrat-controlled Congress in December 2010. And the result has been wasted food, endangered health, and hungrier kids.

The problem is that, in typical nanny-state style, the regulations not only prescribe foods many children find unpalatable, they also apply unrealistic calorie restrictions on students: “650 calories for elementary-schoolers, 700 for middle-schoolers and 850 for high-schoolers,” writes Suzanne Tobias of the Wichita Eagle.

Yet more perspective is gained when you consider that the government’s dietary limitations wouldn’t be out of place in a wartime prison camp. For example, writes PJ Media, “Current regulations limit servings of protein, which could be anything from a hamburger to a side of beans, to 1.5 ounces two days a week and 2 ounces the other three days.”

This has prompted protests, including a video parodying the situation. And while this may seem a tempest in a teapot in a world coming apart at the seams, it’s a prime example of the folly of government control.

Let’s start like this: What kind of calorie-dense stupidity is required to prescribe the same diet for a lanky, high-metabolism 16-year-old boy athlete as you would for a female agemate with weight issues? As PJ Media pointed out, an active-student athlete may require 5000 calories a day, and I can relate to this because I once was that lanky teenage boy.

As a junior and senior in high school, I was already more than six feet tall but never weighed above 155 pounds despite regularly clearing dinner tables like a hurdler. Being a serious tennis player, however, I was always looking for an edge. So one day I decided to adopt the diet in Robert Haas’ book Eat to Win; Haas had become quite well-renowned at the time because of his status as Martina Navratilova’s nutritionist.

Well, I started to feel like the gypsy-cursed attorney in the movie Thinner. No matter how much of Haas’ low-calorie offerings I ate, I simply could not keep weight on. After a month and a half I’d melted down to about 148 pounds, and that was when I said to myself (literally), “This diet may be okay for Navratilova, who has the metabolism of a primeval sloth, but it’s not going to work for a guy my age.” I went back to my old eating habits — which included a large nightly bowl of ice cream.

Clearly, putting a lean, active teenage boy on an 850-calorie per meal diet is unhealthful. And 1.5 to 2 ounces of protein a day? Is this Bangladeshi exceptionalism? One of the triumphs of modern civilization is that we have made protein — something highly valued historically but often in short supply — readily available to the common man. But now the oddly uncommon men (otherwise known as progressives) who complain of atavistic impulses in their opponents want to turn back the clock to times of privation. Why, the regulations will even eliminate school salad bars — because the government cannot control the type and amount of food students choose from them.

This, however, is what happens when statist officials a thousand miles away make special-interest-spawned policy for everyone else. In this case, the special interest is Michelle Obama, who has long had weight issues and now is imposing her priorities and requirements on the rest of us. To paraphrase GOP Congressman Steve King, “Because some kids are overweight, the government is putting every child on a diet.”

Then there’s the waste. While the state now prohibits students from refusing items they dislike, the kids cannot be forced (yet) to actually eat them; the result is edible food discarded on a massive scale. Principal Jim Bolden of the Caldwell Unified School District in Kansas says that one day at the semester’s start “four boxes of peaches” were just thrown away, and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) complains of how the regulations are “filling the trash cans with uneaten food.”

And the school food regulations have other unintended consequences. For example, while school classes, teams, and organizations will no longer be allowed to sell any food to raise money starting next year, a junk-food black market has formed on many campuses. But the statists aren’t content with merely pushing junk food underground, as some schools have actually prohibited students from bringing their own lunches with them. You see, it would reduce statists’ control — and the amount of money they get for their lunch programs.

So when we learned that the Obamas believed in redistribution, no one knew they were referring to calories as well as cash. But this is what happens when we empower people who agree with the statement, “The number one greatest national security threat that we have is obesity.”

In a way, though, Michelle Obama’s above sentiment was correct: Our own obese government can do more to tyrannize us than any foreign enemy.

I think we all know who and what need to be put on a diet.


TOPICS: Food; Government; Health/Medicine; Politics
KEYWORDS: food; michelleobama; obama; queenofthedeficit; schoollunch
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November can't come soon enough.
1 posted on 09/26/2012 5:56:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
November can't come soon enough.

Right. I LOVE Thanksgiving Day.

2 posted on 09/26/2012 6:00:45 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

3 posted on 09/26/2012 6:02:28 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sorry kiddies. the first Uruk Hai said meat is off the menu, boys


4 posted on 09/26/2012 6:02:28 PM PDT by digger48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Moochelle’s starving Ethiopian diet. Meanwhile the fatass biltch stuffs her face on gourmet fare.


5 posted on 09/26/2012 6:03:32 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
850 calories for a high school student!? WTF are they thinking. These kids need to grow.

I went to a government educational institution in Annapolis and we used to laugh at the calorie counts for the meals. If you ate a serving of everything that was available, it ended up being somewhere around 5500 calories a day. Nobody ate that much, but I bet I was eating over 3k easy.

6 posted on 09/26/2012 6:07:51 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy; beethovenfan; digger48

7 posted on 09/26/2012 6:13:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here is what I think, about the whole obesity issue.
1. make food a national security issue
2. control production of food
3. control distribution of food
4. control everything


8 posted on 09/26/2012 6:22:02 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Michelle Antoinette; LET ME EAT CAKE! The rest of you suckers stand in line for your healthy, tasteless food!
9 posted on 09/26/2012 6:22:32 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Other than the idiocy of a one size fits all lunch, it should be obvious that a kid's lunch IS NOT what makes him obese.

It's his lack of activity in his general daily lifestyle i.e. gaming, surfing the net, watching tv, etc. with no physical activity plus the current generation of parents who don't cook but get processed food or go to McDonald's for dinner. And then sit and watch TV til bedtime.

This will another "but her intentions were good" experiment which will fail because it's stupid.

10 posted on 09/26/2012 6:23:17 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because when indoctrinating them with their commie, liberal, homo garbage isn’t enough ?


11 posted on 09/26/2012 6:24:24 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Giving the “kiddies” a REAL education in socialism...


12 posted on 09/26/2012 6:24:40 PM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: Lizavetta

Why didn’t she target the junk food the welfare queens are able to buy for their kids using taxpayer-paid-for food stamps?

THAT alone lets you know it ain’t about the kids- never was. Its payback time.


13 posted on 09/26/2012 6:26:26 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Our employee health insurance has decreed that we must do biometrics screening to determine our health. If the insurance company decides we must lose weight, they will put us on a ‘wellness’ program. If we do not follow the wellness program and lose the weight, our premiums go up. They told a guy at work that, at 5’11” and 165 lbs, he was fat. Is there a Capitalist country that wants a boatload of Americans who will work hard and make them the new America? Please?


14 posted on 09/26/2012 6:26:54 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder how the liberal parents will feel when their kids start dropping from low blood sugar.


15 posted on 09/26/2012 6:32:05 PM PDT by Terry Mross (The Clintons seem to be very afraid of obama. Do they owe him their souls?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Tax-chick
And the school food regulations have other unintended consequences.

People need to stop thinking that these are unintended consequences. What the government doesn't intend, is for people to catch on. But it knows that they often will, which is why these control-freak despots have their built in "we meant well" plausible deniability card.

No, the government never means well, and these consequences are intended. After all, one size fits all, and Nanny Mooshelf-bootie has decided that every kid is fat and needs to lose the chunk.

The thin, normal weight, and/or highly active students? Just collateral damage - bumps in the road - in fighting the war on obesity. Let them turn into the skeletons in these government death camps, while the plump ones just get fatter.

This is the consequence of people trusting the government to feed their children. Come on, look what the schools have been pumping into the little minds of mush for decades upon decades. The agenda is not to foster sound minds and bodies. It's the sick who will clamor for Obamacare, not the healthy.

16 posted on 09/26/2012 6:33:43 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
yet that wretched cow's spawn get to eat pizza in their palace of privilege school...
17 posted on 09/26/2012 6:34:43 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Pizza at Sidwell Friends?

Seems rather pedestrian to me.

Maybe with Kobe beef topping....


18 posted on 09/26/2012 6:37:15 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: bigheadfred

How soon can we expect food riots?
Thru out human history the great revolutions have started with food riots.


19 posted on 09/26/2012 6:40:54 PM PDT by gdzla
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The wookie is a nobody, she isn’t even technically nor legally the FLOTUS, because hubby...

FAILED TO QUALIFY!

Ineligible POTUS does not create a FLOTUS.


20 posted on 09/26/2012 6:44:01 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

French Kids Eat Everything | Karen Le Billon

I just read this book. It is about how French children develop palate and enjoy a wide variety of healthy foods. It also depicts the rigid feeding schedule that they are put on from birth.

The not-so-bright PhD who wrote the book tried the menue on her children WHILE IN FRANCE.

At the end of the book I admired the attempts at helping the children broaden their tastes...and I also thought: no wonder the French are so NASTY!


21 posted on 09/26/2012 6:44:01 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: gdzla

Civilization began when people stopped fighting over food. And it only exists on that.

X the food and see how fast it falls.


22 posted on 09/26/2012 6:49:40 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Any chance the government could push this insanity onto the general population (heaven help us if they are able to expand this at all considering how unpopular it is)? I’ve been expecting rationing to come the US eventually considering how big the government is on controlling individuals (and the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare has only furthered my expectations), and this sounds just like that.


23 posted on 09/26/2012 6:54:42 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: beethovenfan
If the bitxh was real....EBT cards would be stamped..

"ONLY FOR FRUITS AND VEGTABLES"

24 posted on 09/26/2012 6:55:57 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Photobucket
25 posted on 09/26/2012 6:58:00 PM PDT by RetSignman
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To: nascarnation
it's prolly $25 a slice what ever it is...
26 posted on 09/26/2012 6:59:29 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; cripplecreek

I need a photoshopper!!

I need an image of UN food aid being delivered to US schools


27 posted on 09/26/2012 7:01:46 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: RetSignman

When I was a kid, we would have had that image transferred onto tee-shirts, and worn them to school. I bet they have rules against that now.


28 posted on 09/26/2012 7:07:58 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: nascarnation

Someone suggested comparing the daily menus of Moochelle’s kids private school with the public schools’ menus dictated by Moochelle. Now THAT would be interesting.


29 posted on 09/26/2012 7:08:50 PM PDT by Sons of Union Vets (No taxation without representation!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I really wouldn’t be saddened if the oblunders ceased to exist.


30 posted on 09/26/2012 7:10:30 PM PDT by gotribe (WTF?)
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To: Sons of Union Vets

I checked the website but couldn’t find any references to lunch menu.

I’ve visited there, and it’s definitely “the right crowd and no crowding” as the British say.....

http://www.sidwell.edu/


31 posted on 09/26/2012 7:14:14 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The kids should start bringing their own damn lunch.


32 posted on 09/26/2012 7:14:33 PM PDT by diamond6 (Freerepublic.com and Hillbuzz.org are my go to sites for conservative news.)
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To: originalbuckeye

http://www.LivingInThePhilippines.com

http://www.livinginsingapore.org

Living in Poland
http://www.expat-blog.com/en/destination/europe/poland/


33 posted on 09/26/2012 7:15:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: diamond6

The article says that is verboten.


34 posted on 09/26/2012 7:16:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The kids should start bringing their own damn lunch.


35 posted on 09/26/2012 7:17:16 PM PDT by diamond6 (Freerepublic.com and Hillbuzz.org are my go to sites for conservative news.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sorry for the duplicate post.


36 posted on 09/26/2012 7:19:26 PM PDT by diamond6 (Freerepublic.com and Hillbuzz.org are my go to sites for conservative news.)
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To: nascarnation

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2936240/posts

The sidwell lunches and links are in this thread.

http://www.sidwell.edu/calendars/month.aspx?pageaction=ViewPublicBlock&ModuleID=375

Start at post 28


37 posted on 09/26/2012 7:20:36 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
When my boys come home from school the first stop they make after shucking off their book bags is the fridge. They eat like sharks. Keep in mind that my boys are heavily into sports and anything to do outdoors. Bottom line is that if you allow them to stay inside and play video games and watch Tv all the Time, fat they will be because a kid can put a hurtin on a fridge and pantry with a quickness.
38 posted on 09/26/2012 7:48:03 PM PDT by Vote 4 Nixon (EAT...FISH...SLEEP...REDUX)
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To: GeronL

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2936790/posts?page=1

UN Food Aid Delivered to US Schools!!


39 posted on 09/26/2012 7:49:19 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s absolutely horrible. We got a brand-spanking-new school, a huge state-of-the-art kitchen, but the kids are all complaining at how gawd-awful the food is! We’re packing brown bag lunches now just so they have something to eat. It’s mortifying!

Michelle MUST GO!! I’m so sick of this woman’s so-called mission.


40 posted on 09/26/2012 7:55:58 PM PDT by Thorliveshere
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Yet more perspective is gained when you consider that the government’s dietary limitations wouldn’t be out of place in a wartime prison camp. For example, writes PJ Media, “Current regulations limit servings of protein, which could be anything from a hamburger to a side of beans, to 1.5 ounces two days a week and 2 ounces the other three days.”

Historical comparison

Now the 1.5-2 oz. shouldn't be a whole day's allowance, but that amount's still not more than a snack.

41 posted on 09/26/2012 7:59:00 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ha...let’s see how the teenagers in North Dakota survive on 850 calories when the temp goes down to -50.


42 posted on 09/26/2012 8:18:20 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: svcw

I must have missed your sarcasm tag.


43 posted on 09/26/2012 8:27:03 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

If you don’t eat your meat you can’t have any pudding!


44 posted on 09/26/2012 8:42:03 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: ViLaLuz
"If you don’t eat your meat you can’t have any pudding!"

Seriously, how can you have any pudding, if you don't eat your meat?

45 posted on 09/26/2012 8:49:03 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Chickensoup
Snack: Yogurt Variety Local Cantaloupe, Arugula and Prosciutto Salad

Prosciutto! PROSCIUTTO! hahahahahahah!

46 posted on 09/26/2012 8:49:06 PM PDT by no-s (when democracy is displaced by tyranny, the armed citizen still gets to vote)
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To: Thorliveshere

This is so far-reaching that it is terrifying. Think about it, The Obamas have taken over our local school districts. If they control what our children eat in our districts, where does their power over our kids stop? This is USSR tactics.


47 posted on 09/26/2012 9:05:37 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Toespi

The Obamacare ruling says the government may mandate ANYTHING

This would include your shopping list, joining a gym or whatever.


48 posted on 09/26/2012 9:06:44 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Tublecane

Nope


49 posted on 09/26/2012 10:10:12 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would love to see the menu the Obama girls eat at their private $34,000 (?) a year school. I wonder if the White House chef has to pack them a nutritious lunch every day?


50 posted on 09/27/2012 12:31:45 AM PDT by tinamina
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