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The Real Reason Kids are Fat

Posted By Suzanne Venker On December 26, 2010 @ 11:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | Comments Disabled

This popular post was first published on Dec. 20, 2010.

The Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that was pushed through Congress just last week is a terrific example of all that is wrong with the Left. The proposed legislation includes $4.5 billion over 10 years for programs that are designed to…teach children how to eat.

Yup, the United States government has officially become Mom and Dad — which works out well for moms like Monet Parham, who’s suing McDonald’s for offering Happy Meals on their menu.

I am concerned about the health of my children and feel that McDonald’s should be a very limited part of their diet and their childhood experience. But as other busy working moms and dads know, we have to say ‘no’ to our young children so many times, and McDonald’s makes that so much harder to do. I object to the fact that McDonald’s is getting into my kids’ heads without my permission and actually changing what my kids want to eat.

This is a classic case of inept parenting. Lucky for her, Ms. Parham has a friend in another inept parent: Michelle Obama.

She was also once exasperated with trying to feed her kids. During her Let’s Move campaign last year, she said this:

Before coming to the White House, the president and I lived like most families: two working parents — too busy, not enough time, and I found myself unable to cook a good meal for my kids. Going to fast food more than I’d like, ordering pizza, and I started to see the effects on my family, particularly my kids.

Today, Mrs. Obama has a cook to oversee her children’s eating habits and has conveniently forgotten the significance of what she learned. Rather than suggest parents change their lifestyle to accommodate the needs of children, she passes legislation designed to take the onus off parents. According to Mrs. Obama,

We can’t just leave [the obesity dilemma] up to the parents.

Yet last year the First Lady also said this about childhood obesity:

This isn’t like a disease where we’re still waiting for a cure to be discovered – we know the cure for this. It doesn’t take some stroke of genius or feat of technology.




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