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First lady: Anti-obesity effort not about government telling ‘people what to do’
The Hill ^ | March 12, 2012 | Alicia M. Cohn

Posted on 03/12/2012 1:59:35 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In a new interview made available Monday, first lady Michelle Obama defended her “Let’s Move!” anti-obesity program against critics who call it a government intrusion.

“‘Let’s Move!’ is not about having government tell people what to do, because government doesn't have all the answers,” Mrs. Obama said in an interview with Topanga Sena, age 11, a reporter for Scholastic News in Florida. “A problem that's this big and affects so many people requires everyone to step up. So we're asking everyone to step up.”

Obama has toured the country for the second anniversary of her anti-obesity initiative, leading school groups in jumping jacks, hula-hooping and a round of the dance known as the “Dougie,” as well as challenging talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to beat her in a push-up contest (Obama won) and ribbing late-night hosts Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon over nutrition.

She concluded the tour with a stop at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Some of Obama’s “Let’s Move!” critics have warned the program could increase discrimination based on body weight, while others have linked the administration-backed initiative to increased government intrusion into public schools, for instance warning that schools should not have oversight over kids’ homemade lunches.

“I don't believe in absolute 'no's to anything, because that wouldn't make life fun,” Obama told Scholastic News. “What would life be without the bake sale, right?”

She added that she loves french fries. “I wish I could eat french fries every single day,” she said. Some conservative pundits have specifically singled out french fries as a food they say Obama’s nutrition campaign would ban.

One of the accomplishments Obama celebrated with her second anniversary tour was the USDA’s new school meal regulations, implemented in January 2012, which seek to ensure public schools serve more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and less sodium, saturated fat and trans fats. According to the White House, the new mandatory standards for federally subsidized school lunch programs are the first major changes in school meal regulations in over 15 years. Republicans in Congress recently pushed back against the new regulations by attempting to drop them from a 2012 spending bill.

The first lady explained that the “Let’s Move!” program is an attempt to make sure government does “its part" to support others' choices.

“Parents have to make some changes at home, you know, but they need the information to be able to make those choices, and they have to have access to affordable foods in their communities, fresh and healthy foods. We need government to do its part, but we need businesses to do their part as well,” she explained. “If we're going to solve this problem, we need everyone to step up. And there's no one solution. … People have to figure out what works best for their family, their budget, their lifestyle, their community.“

The first lady launched the anti-obesity initiative in February 2010. In the interview, she touted the support she’s seen from community centers such as the YMCA and YWCAs, Girl Scouts, childcare facilities, the video game industry and faith communities.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: children; flotusmichelle; foodpolice; health; letsmove; michelleobama; nannystate; nutrition; schoollunch; usda; voteyourrace
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1 posted on 03/12/2012 1:59:45 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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MICHELLE FOOD NAZI, MICHELLE FOOD NAZI
2 posted on 03/12/2012 2:01:15 PM PDT by FrankR
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Nanny State PING!


3 posted on 03/12/2012 2:01:24 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

” Anti-obesity effort not about government telling ‘people what to do’ “

No, it’s about Michelle telling people what to do, and government making damn-sure we do it...

It’s good to be queen...


4 posted on 03/12/2012 2:02:44 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

he he he....we’ve hit a nerve and she has reacted.
Keep hitting it. We can send both she and Barack into total meltdown mode before the election if we keep it up. The two of them have been SO sheltered.


5 posted on 03/12/2012 2:02:44 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yeah right. I am so buying into that message. Not.


6 posted on 03/12/2012 2:03:17 PM PDT by Danae (Anail nathrach, ortha bhais is beatha, do cheal deanaimh)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
TOPANGA SENA:

How do you respond to critics who say the government should not be telling people how to eat or to stay active?

MICHELLE OBAMA:

You know, that’s absolutely right—and Let’s Move! doesn’t do that. Let’s Move! is not about having government telling people what to do, because government doesn’t have all the answers. I mean, a problem that’s this big and affects so many people requires everyone to step up. So we’re asking everyone to do their part. Parents have to make some changes at home, but they need the information to be able to make those choices. And they have to have access to affordable foods in their communities—fresh and healthy foods, right? We need government to do its part, but we need businesses to do their part, as well

7 posted on 03/12/2012 2:04:30 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I wish the Obamas would take “Let’s Move” to heart and MOVE out of our White House, and out of our country.


8 posted on 03/12/2012 2:06:06 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I am going to chow on fatty pork ribs yelling allah akaba or what ever. Pass the BBQ sauce!


9 posted on 03/12/2012 2:06:06 PM PDT by WakeUpAndVote
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
“I wish I could eat french fries every single day,” [Michelle Obama] said."

She can't because The Mooch has to alternate every other day with lobster & cracked crab with drawn butter...and a magnum of champagne.

10 posted on 03/12/2012 2:07:01 PM PDT by twister881
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To: FrankR

Why would you go to anything call WIDE WORLD to promote getting thinner?


11 posted on 03/12/2012 2:07:01 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Barrak has nowuwon the contest. He is even worse than Jimmah.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
First lady: Anti-obesity effort not about government telling ‘people what to do’

Well not yet but she is taking baby steps to get to more of a nanny state. Obesity is a major problem but I don't want the gov't to get involved because everyone loses rights, the fit and the fat both.

I work out 6-7 days per week 1-2 hours every day and eat a super clean diet. No junk food etc but I do wish the private sector would get more involved through rewarding fat people to change their way just as the company I work for is doing. They pay for gym memberships and have other programs to help people lose weight and get fit, stop smoking etc and it has helped them tremendously to lower claims over the last 3 years. We have actually had a rate decrease on the amount of premium we have to pay out of pocket.

12 posted on 03/12/2012 2:07:42 PM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

She should have taken a few hints from previous First Ladies:

-Dress to the occasion;
-Take up libraries or somesuch as a cause; and
-Shut up, because nobody really wants to hear what you say anyway.


13 posted on 03/12/2012 2:11:02 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: TexasCajun
Parents have to make some changes at home,

Or what Shelly?

15 posted on 03/12/2012 2:12:41 PM PDT by DManA
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

More bullsh!t from Moochelle. Thanks Tolerance Sucks Rocks.


16 posted on 03/12/2012 2:13:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

She’s never had a thought as deep as her footprints.


17 posted on 03/12/2012 2:14:53 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Shut up and eat your pink slime...


18 posted on 03/12/2012 2:15:20 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Also, both Moocher and Obummer are terribly thin-skinned. They become enraged in response to even mild criticism.


19 posted on 03/12/2012 2:16:41 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s about the unelected and unaccountable Moochelle telling people what to do.


20 posted on 03/12/2012 2:19:51 PM PDT by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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... but we need businesses to do their part...

It's actually worse.

One suspects that it's about telling BUSINESSES what to do, (in order to control your behavior.)

When looking for a true objective, it really appears all about controlling the means of distribution of food and food commerce, and using "healthy [sic] foods" as a prop and a scare tactic in order to accomplish the real goal.

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21 posted on 03/12/2012 2:20:24 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Why doesn't Michelle Obama tell men to settle down and make homes for the kids they are bringing into the world? Why doesn't Michelle Obama tell young women to demand that the men they sleep with take responsibility for the kids that result?

You almost never hear a liberal black activist address this issue.

22 posted on 03/12/2012 2:22:15 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
“...because government doesn't have all the answers,”

Okay that is as far as I got before I had to post. Actually, I already had that vomit/burp taste in my mouth just thinking about reading the thread but I must, I must!

She's trying to reinvent/backtack things here. No, she wasn't doing what she was doing. We tooo stooopid.

Is she really going on Letterman tonight?

23 posted on 03/12/2012 2:22:40 PM PDT by hummingbird
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To: Bryanw92
The problem? parents are all to quick to hand over thier responsibility and the government is all to quick to snatch it up, rework it to the extreme and then demand you follow. Once they get control they dictate. Like the small banks, the auto industry, energy, and healthcare providers the present criminal minds first convince you they have you and your families best interest in mind while it dictates rules and regulations to producers of whatever it may be, follow these ridiculous guidelines which will eventually put you out of business or we will put you out of business now. This is the transformation. Government friendly companies will replace the ones put out of business and owe an eternal vig to the criminal organization this being the progressive democratic socialist party of America
24 posted on 03/12/2012 2:22:40 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Good God! Yet another photo of the screamin’ banshee!!


25 posted on 03/12/2012 2:23:08 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Obama does seem to have a real hate for potatoes


26 posted on 03/12/2012 2:23:36 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: TexasCajun
I mean, a problem that’s this big

One assumes she was sitting on that problem while speaking.

27 posted on 03/12/2012 2:24:52 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Myth Romney: All that hair is really just a Whig.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

She needs to start with FOOD STAMPS and Welfare recipients...then MAYBE someone would listen. Let’s see her get implemented rigid rules about just what you can buy with food stamps....ONLY rice, beans, veggies, and chicken. Not doing that? She can take her fat arse elsewhere...


28 posted on 03/12/2012 2:24:56 PM PDT by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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“What would life be without the bake sale, right?”


Wow, what a slice of Americana!

Aren’t kids being shut down when they try to have bake sales?


29 posted on 03/12/2012 2:30:18 PM PDT by hummingbird
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They "aren't going to tell us what to do", they are just going to do their d@mndest to make sure there are no other alternatives.

It's the Chicago WayTM

30 posted on 03/12/2012 2:30:56 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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If what she said was true, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. The government is supposed to PROMOTE - not provide for - the general welfare. But she’s not telling the truth and she knows it.


31 posted on 03/12/2012 2:33:55 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; FrankR

32 posted on 03/12/2012 2:34:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

She is right. It’s the gubmint.


33 posted on 03/12/2012 2:35:22 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The home girl lies just like her gangsta husband. Of course, she wants to tell us all what to eat. She’s getting ready for the day her old man becomes dictator. She probably fancies herself as the next Eva Peron.


34 posted on 03/12/2012 2:36:28 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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35 posted on 03/12/2012 2:44:40 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: trailhkr1

These weight charts are as old as the hills - made up when people were smoking like fiends to keep their weight down, popping barbis, etc., dying from cancer, but they looked nice and thin in the coffin,so it was worth it. Baloney. I am healthier than a lot of skinny bones working out every day, blowing their knees and their hips...but hey, you’re thin, so who cares! Everyone get off my back for being a chub. Do you think it should be a condition of employment to be thin? That’s where this is all going, and it stinks!!!!


36 posted on 03/12/2012 2:45:59 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

How about this, Michele?


You MOVE by packing boxes with the family’s belongings.

You STEP UP putting the boxes in U-Hauls.

You HULA HOOP your ass back to Chicago and spend other people’s $$$


37 posted on 03/12/2012 2:45:59 PM PDT by hummingbird
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I wouldn’t think poorly about the First Lady’s crusade against childhood obesity if it didn’t come with regulations, legislation, and tax dollars spent.


38 posted on 03/12/2012 2:53:12 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
“Parents have to make some changes at home, you know, but they need the information to be able to make those choices, and they have to have access to affordable foods in their communities, fresh and healthy foods. We need government to do its part, but we need businesses to do their part as well,” she explained. “If we're going to solve this problem, we need everyone to step up.“

Spoken like a true fascist.

39 posted on 03/12/2012 2:55:16 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Oh. Who's being naive, Kay?)
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I ve said this a few times already about her. Fwiw i,m saving cardboard boxes for her. Where should i send them.


40 posted on 03/12/2012 2:57:11 PM PDT by Daffynition (On Andrew Breitbart: In his honor, I'll fight harder...He'll be back and he'll be millions.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

That’s so true.

Wouldn’t it be nice if a “journalist” asked that question?

Or maybe one of our elected Republicans?


41 posted on 03/12/2012 3:02:43 PM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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To: Sioux-san
Baloney. I am healthier than a lot of skinny bones working out every day, blowing their knees and their hips...but hey, you’re thin, so who cares! Everyone get off my back for being a chub. Do you think it should be a condition of employment to be thin? That’s where this is all going, and it stinks!!!!

It is a fact obesity is driving up HC cost to sky high levels. Rampant diabetes, HBP, sleep apnea, joint problems due to weight, gastric reflux problems, on and on. Very few people I know who are fit are blowing out their knees and hips. Yes, there are some who overdo it but they are not the norm just as your being overweight and not having any health problems as a result is not the norm.

If companies don't want to hire fat people I have no problem with that. They can run their company as they see fit (no pun intended)and I do not want the gov't to be involved in any way.

42 posted on 03/12/2012 3:03:47 PM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Exactly, that is the best way to fight this.. drive them NUTS and keep hitting the same nerve :)


43 posted on 03/12/2012 3:05:36 PM PDT by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: trailhkr1
My sister passed away from skin Cancer. (she was 29)
She was NOT overweight, I was living in Montana, I could not get there. (I-94 was shut down, due to snow)
44 posted on 03/12/2012 3:13:08 PM PDT by the lastbestlady (I now believe that we have two lives; the life we learn with and the life we live with after that.)
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To: TexasCajun

Are your daughters being fed that nasty pink slime at their private school?

Have you gone to that school and revamped their cafeteria menu?

Are you, Mooch, the one who has ordered the gestapo to investigate the children’s bag lunches and determined what is considered acceptable?


45 posted on 03/12/2012 3:16:34 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: TexasCajun
a problem that’s this big and affects so many people requires everyone to step up.

Yeah, Moochell, howz' about you get your rather large behind to do a few "step ups" and, dammit, leave us alone, you big grifter.

46 posted on 03/12/2012 3:18:59 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: BfloGuy
I wouldn’t think poorly about the First Lady’s crusade against childhood obesity if it didn’t come with regulations, legislation, tax dollars spent, and an a$$ on her the size of Detroit. . . . .filthy, filthy hypocrisy on that fat bag of wind.
47 posted on 03/12/2012 3:21:50 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Must be getting close to election time, DAMAGE CONTROL!


48 posted on 03/12/2012 3:24:12 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The FAT Lady, FUMO, just plain lies.


49 posted on 03/12/2012 3:32:49 PM PDT by bfree (The revolution is coming - OBAMI IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM)
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50 posted on 03/12/2012 3:33:38 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The facts of life are Tory." -- Margaret Thatcher)
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