Queen of the Obesity Police: Eat as I say, not as I do

The social networks, blogs and media forums are hotly discussing the latest controversial blast to gale out of attention-gobbling academia after pediatrician Dr. David Ludwig made a recent statement regarding obese children. In an opinion piece published by the Journal of American Medical Association Ludwig claimed that in some instances state intervention can serve in the best interest of extremely obese children. Ludwig justified this by referencing to what he calls imminent health issues which obesity can cause. Other experienced pediatricians and health experts just as qualified as Ludwig have spoken out against the opinion piece. Some have cited that family involvement cannot be overlooked or undervalued when it comes to treating childhood obesity; others point to the fact that in all too many cases of abuse allegations child protection agencies act aggressively in removing the children from their homes. Despite these interjections Dr. Ludwig's opinion has been the one picked up by many trend-followers as the final word on how to combat childhood obesity. Even more enthusiastic over his opinion are individuals who prefer governmental control over dietary and lifestyle choices of anyone who doesn't hold to their personal practice of extreme food temperance.

But we can't be surprised. Dr. Ludwig has often been cited as the "expert" back-up in several articles hailing First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign to change Americans' dietary habits. Much as "Dr." Phil gained fame in echoing Oprah Winfrey's sentiments on family relationships, Dr. Ludwig seems destined to serve as the First Lady's non-official voice of authority.

And yet, in this very week that Ludwig's opinion was unleashed on the public the First Lady made headlines herself. In a moment all too reminiscent of the Vail Village Short Rib escapade earlier this year, the Washington Post reported Michelle Obama was caught splurging on calories again. Her dip into sins-of-the-tongue this time was committed at the Shake Shack in Washington, where she ordered a ShackBurger and a chocolate shake. Oh, and a Diet Coke.

Once this news item broke Governmental Control advocates, aka WH-friendly nutrition experts, quickly jumped in with "expert" exoneration for the whopper meal, contending roundly that the occasional splurge is actually healthy for healthy eaters, body and mind. Well duh, anyone with common sense knows this. But what the WH-friendly nutrition experts are deliberately ignoring/forgetting is Mrs. Obama's historical love of fast and fatty foods.

It hasn't just been the Vail ribs incident. There are many other times the First Lady has demonstrated an obvious avoidance of the very rabbit food she'd have cram down the throats of the average restaurant patron or American school child. Yes, despite her sainted "Let's Move" campaign Mrs. Obama has shown (at least outside the White House) that when given a choice between ordering something rabbity like a salad or the most tempting, fat-laden, calorie-frenzied, cholesterol-loaded nyum-nyum in the joint she isn't going to glance twice at the rabbit food.

Michelle Obama enjoying Crepes
Michelle Obama enjoying Crepes
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream
Mmm, hotcakes with butter and rich maple syrup!
Mmm, hotcakes with butter and rich maple syrup!
Burgers & fries..the food of champion diet Nazis..er, uh, obese kids, right?
Burgers & fries..the food of champion diet Nazis..er, uh, obese kids, right?
Cookie Monster reported this item stolen from his pantry. Three days later his blue furry carcass was roadkill on Sesame Street.
Cookie Monster reported this item stolen from his pantry. Three days later his blue furry carcass was roadkill on Sesame Street.
There's nothing like Botswana fat cakes and french fries for making an example of that "fat" daughter you claimed to have
There's nothing like Botswana fat cakes and french fries for making an example of that "fat" daughter you claimed to have

Realizing my own flaws, I admit I've had my share of hypocritical moments. As human beings we all do. It could be complaining over a fellow shopper for trying to write a cheque in the Cash Only lane and then turning around and trying to get 20 purchases through the 10 Items Or Less section. It may be drinking fourteen cups of coffee in a single day after nagging your spouse to go easy on the caffeine. Or it could be dropping a diddly of a swear word after you've told your kids a thousand times to never say those things. We're all prone to hypocrisy and let's be honest, we've all done it. This fact doesn't make us feel any better, nor should it. Optimistically though, once we've stumbled into the mucky hole of hypocrisy we learn our lesson and don't do it again.

Worse than hypocrisy, however, is the arrogant embrace of hypocrisy. In her arrogant embrace of hypocrisy the First Lady's agenda is obvious: to lead the way into forcing everyone else to eat like she isn't about to.

Dr. What's-his-agenda will disagree, but government needs to keep its grasping hands out of the family. I am not overweight nor are my children overweight -yes, despite all the candy, cookies and desserts we eat. Whatever has brought on this obesity "epidemic" I feel, as a mother and thinking woman, it begins and starts with choices. And by removing obese children away from families these children aren't learning how to make healthy choices, they aren't learning how to make any choices. They are only getting an agenda forced upon them. No one but no one learns about CHOICE by having anything dictated to them.

Nevertheless, as bad as Nutrition Nazi's are, in their anal-retentive world where cupcakes are evil and any outfit over a size 3 makes you a candidate for fat camp, at the very least these nutzoids are consistent. But the designated queen of their campaign is no mere diet loon; she's a hypocrite using the power of her position and that of her husband in the effort to force the rest of us to do exactly opposite of what she does herself. So eat your burgers, your fries, your hotcakes with syrup, Mrs. Obama; I really don't care. But as you eat to your heart's content on whatever you like, PLEASE keep your chewing mouth shut when it comes to the dietary choices of others.

Don't pass judgment about another's exterior without first taking a good look at thy own posterior.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, first of all, I love your choice of photo, above! says it all really! This doesn't surprise me, every politician, or rich person in power tells you to do one thing, while they are doing the opposite themselves. The one thing they forget is that, unlike themselves on thousands of dollars a year, most people have to live on a meagre amount of money, and fast foods are the cheapest thing to eat, and feel full. Whats the use of lettuce to lose weight, if you are starving with no money? Hypocrites!


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

Well said, Nell!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Up and all buttons accross.

I can speak with some authority on this topic, as I was about 50 pounds overweight myself, and had all the usual side effects, including HBP, high cholesterol, and type II diabetes.

What the "queen of lean" doesn't understand is that you can't just "decide" to lose weight by cutting out animal fats and bad carbs. Reducing animal fats IS important, but carbs are VERY tricky. Just "cutting out" all refined sugars, bad (processed) carbs, and fats never works. The problem is that historical high levels of bad carbs and refined sugar not only increase weight, but they make the pancreas secrete too much insulin. The sugar in your bloodstream gets metabolized too fast, because you have too much insulin, so you crave more bad carbs (which the body immediately converts into sugar) and refined sugar. It's a classic tolerance/addiction cycle, just like with illegal drugs (heroin, speed, etc.).

The cure is complex, and requires a doctor's supervision. The basic idea is to split the cure into three phases. All phases involve reducing animal fats to control lipids (in some cases a statin will be required to get your LDL/HDL ratio within proper bounds for proper cholesterol balance). The fats are the easy part. The hard part is the sugars:

(1) You need to "shock" the pancreas into reducing its insulin output. For about two weeks, you can't have ANY sugar, not even good sugar, like natural fruit fructose. This induces a condition called "hypoglycemic shock." For a day or two you feel like you've been hit by a bus, but you get over it very quickly. It is at this point that your pancreas is producing a normal insulin level.

(2) For a period ranging from six months to three years, depending on your natural metabolism, you need to avoid all refined sugar and processed carbs, except for occaisional treats. You can eat good sugars (fruits) and good carbs (unprocessed chewy carbs), but very little bad sugars or bad carbs. You will definitely lose weight, slowly, without counting calories or limiting portions. The trick is that once your insulin output is correct, your body gives you the "right signals" regarding what to eat and how much. The sugar addiction goes away because the good sugars in your bloodstream are now metabolized slowly, since your insulin output is normal.

(3) Once you reach your ideal weight for your height and frame (your doctor can give you this figure from a body-mass index chart), then you reintroduce a little bit of animal fat and bad sugars/carbs, so you don't keep losing weight (maybe, 5-10% of your diet). It is important to ultimately go back to a small amount of the bad foods, because endless weight loss can make you very sick (anorexia).

Michelle Obama is basically promoting a fad diet, which leads to very fast initial weight loss, but failure because you can't keep it up. Her diet does nothing to slow the pancreas down, and nothing to promote long term weight reduction (i.e., losing weight slowly so the lower caloric intake becomes natural). Essentially, the "urge to splurge" will become irresistable (you'll feel starved because you're still metabolizing sugars too quickly), and her diet will fail.

I really find it amazing that she is dispensing health advice with no medical training, and clearly has not achieved dietary success herself. I used the program I described above, in combination with a very low statin dose (plus a CoQ10 supplement to replace the CoQ10 the statin uses up, otherwise reducing cellular mitochondrial energy regeneration), and the results were amazing. It took about 30 months, but I lost 50 pounds and kept it off (perfect body-mass index per the official chart), my blood pressure is now normal, my type II diabetes is gone, and my cholesterol is now normal.

Quick fad diets don't work. You really need a medical professional to guide you through multiple steps regarding diet, drugs, and supplements, over a multi-year timespan, to get rid of excess weight permanently and eliminate the other risk factors (HBP, excess blood sugar, and bad lipid balance).

Stu


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feenix 5 years ago

Bethperry,

I followed Stu's lead and voted up and gave you buttons all the way across.

Excellent hub and very clever.

M.O.'s m.o. is passing herself off as being much smarter than the rest of us.

And I predict that after her husband is out of office, she will really blow up -- and that will happen because she will have a slower metabolism and that girl loves to board.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

She better not blow up. That mitt on her backside could intercept an incoming strategic nuke. I'm counting on her as the lynchpin of our new ABM system.


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feenix 5 years ago

Stu,

I was thinking aircraft carrier. There's plenty landing and take-off space on that trunk of her's.


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

Stu and feenix, ya'all are about to make me snicker and if I snicker this candy is going to spew right out of my mouth and there goes my daily allowance of chocolate. And I need that chocolate for strength to do my exercises, because if I don't do my exercises I get lazy and don't want to get back to typing, and if I don't type I can't write any more and show how very ironic it is some of us writers at Hubpages can eat chocolate and still have ample room in our desk chair. And if I fail there then MO Flo will assume she has the upper hand and start smelling like flowers in this debate, and the last time she smelled like flowers the President thought Oprah just stepped out of the bathroom beside the oval office because the LAST time she had she sprayed so much Glade it left a fog of aeresol, which made Joe Biden think he was back at Woodstock and so he started peeling off his clothes. It took fourteen staff members to get him calmed down and back in the suit, and I'll be damned if I give the president that kind of post-traumatic stress-induced nightmare. It would be unforgivable.

;)


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Beth,

I agree. We need to watch the excitement level here. If Weiner's weiner gets stimulated by all this, instead of a Tweet he could post on FaceBook, and there's no word limit. He could post another pic, but this time with a novel about it. If he cites this post, I better get a footnote out of it, or I'm taking him to court.

Stu


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

"I better get a footnote out of it," - as long as you mean footnote and not "a footlong". I just don't think ole AW can "mustard" that up, Stu...LOL


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feenix 5 years ago

Beth, Stu,

One of my contacts on the White House's permanent staff just called and told me that when Michelle heard about you two talking about Weiner, she blurted, "Weiner! Did somebody just say something about weiners?! Now, I'm hungry! I want two chili dogs with the works!"


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Beth - Such invective! You're going to sacrifice your invitation to the annual DNC clambake.

Feenix - That would make a great YouTube spoof. You could have Michelle talking in the backround (video only), and a voiceover with the blurt.


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feenix 5 years ago

Stu,

Hmmmmmm! I'm thinking. I'm thinking.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Feenix,

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - Don't do that - you'll lose your DNC membership rights!!!!!

Stu :)


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feenix 5 years ago

Stu,

Oh, yeah, I didn't think about that. But if that happened, at least, I'd still have my NRA membership rights -- and that's the one that's really important to me.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Touché!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Voted up and funny. Very true, Beth. I agree with you, 100%. Leaders need to lead by example, not by ridicule.

On a separate note, I've started a blog to start promoting myself as a Paranormal Romance author...I'm really getting into it. I feel at home in this style of writing. I'm working on my Urban Fantasy novel right now and I am thinking of making my short story series "of blood & pearls" into a paranormal romance novel in and of itself. You've really inspired me, so I wanted to say thank you so much.

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moonlake 5 years ago from America

Good hub. I don't know why they would want to take children away from their parents and put them in the system. They can't take care of the children that are already in the system.What kind of homes are they going to put these children into. Once a child is away from their parents there is always a chance of them being abused in someway or another. I think it is a sick idea and un-American.

What would Mrs. Obama do if suddenly one of her girls got fat and it could happen not unuaual for girls to be chubby in their pre-teens.


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

moonlake, good points!

I don't care for the pushy institutions that child protection agencies have become in this country, as they seem often in bed with the foster home programs. There were two incidents lately in local news about foster families that neglected and abused the many children in their care. So I am very dubious of letting bureaucrats have any say in how to deal with the obese issue.

As for Mrs. Obama, I cringe to think how that scenario would play out.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Love this hub. God Bless You.


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

Oh, well thank you stars439 :)


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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

Beth this was epic ! I am still laughing.


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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

Beth this was epic ! I am still laughing.


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

Cool to hear, Tony, thanks!


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

I loved this hub Ms.Perry , I also gave you buttons all the way across ! , i like the Obamas , however , i dont have to agree how they are doing things , they arent any differant than any other politician fmaily , they talk the talk , but they dont walk the walk , sad but true i have to totally agree with Ms.Nell , because it is SOO expensive to buy vegetables and chicken breasts and veil or young beef whatever , it IS cheeper to buy junk and you get full and satisfied , only wealthy people can truly afford to "eat right" The only thing i saw wrong with this hub , is the last picture ... it should have a banner across that "fat butt" lol thanks for sharing :)


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee Author

Thanks for the comments Jami and also thanks for dropping in. You cracked me up on that last one, lol.

My family and I eat pretty healthy but we're far from rich. I attribute this to the stores IGA and Save-a-Lot. Between the two they have good deals on practically everything. I do admit, I like my chocolate and I give my kids desserts every night we have it available. And none of us are overweight.

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