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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.
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.