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  • just a conservative girl 1:12 PM on 08/11/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: eating disorders, , obesity,   

    Quote of the Day – Peggy Howell Edition 

    “When children of higher body weight hear we have to wipeout childhood obesity in one generation, for them those words translate to: we have to eliminate obese children. They hear: your body is bad. They hear: thin equals good, fat equals bad. They hear: your body is bad.  I believe that it was not the intention of the First Lady to cause more pain and suffering for these children, but I also believe that this is one of the consequences of focusing on reducing body size as opposed to improving health. Other consequences include: poor body image, body dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, bullying, disordered eating, depression, lower expectations for future success, and sometimes even suicide.”

    Nancy Howell,  Public Relations Director of  The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) on Michelle Obama’s campaign on childhood obesity. 

    I don’t think anyone can deny that obesity is a problem in this country.  We are some of the fattest people on earth.  But, singling them out is not how you solve the problems.  This drives more tweens and teens to eating disorders.  It is hard enough for a child that has a problem with being overweight, the last they need is the school putting additional pressure on them.    Kids get picked on already for being fat, this whole thing has just made it worse.  I really wish that Michelle Obama had used her platform to keeping families together.  They have done some of that, but not nearly enough.  It is so needed in the black community.

  • backyardconservative 11:03 AM on 05/26/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    A Stop and Shop in the Everglades? 

    Don’t be fooled by her cardigans–it’s the big belts that are the clue. The Obama Administration Chews the Fat.

    I have a better idea. How about support Wal Mart in Chicago, Michelle. That would help alleviate food deserts–and maybe create some real jobs in the neighborhood.

    (Backlash already started.)

    P.S. All jog together now.

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

    • nicedeb 1:09 PM on 05/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      What’s wrong with food desserts? I’m all in favor of them. Especially the chocolate ones.

    • rubyslipperblog 4:38 PM on 05/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Is it me or does she have those $600 sneakers on in the pic at the “All job together now” link?

      • Jill 5:07 PM on 05/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

        For someone who came from fairly humble beginnings she sure has lost touch.

    • backyardconservative 6:30 PM on 05/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Barack will make you work, says Michelle. And no dessert.

      I for one believe chocolate is healthy.

      I can’t tell about the sneakers but I wouldn’t be surprised.

      You know, I think she’s a good mom. She’s just so heavy handed and pushy. That’s why I go after her–because this stuff isn’t going to be voluntary if she has her way.

      • rubyslipperblog 6:46 PM on 05/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Considering I am on a self-imposed summer shape up regimen I could seriously go for a little chocolate right now.

        I personally think Michelle is wasting her time with this. Anyone who has ever overcome a genetic propensity to gain knows it is entirely an act of will that no one can impose. Jut how super smart is she that she didn’t know a diet of pizza and fast food was bad for her daughters too? Honestly, how can you possibly be that clueless.

    • backyardconservative 7:04 PM on 05/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah. Agreed.

      • Sherry 12:35 PM on 05/27/2010 Permalink | Reply

        What drives me nuts is the reality check. I can put elmo stickers on brocolli all I want. They’ll still prefer the cookie.

    • backyardconservative 12:54 PM on 05/27/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yes. So this is hard. Might as well instill personal responsibility early. Big Michelle Government is both intrusive and useless.

  • Jill 10:20 AM on 05/14/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Three impossible things before breakfast 

    It’s official: the world has gone topsy-turvy.

    1)  Attorney General Eric Holder has questioned the constitutionality of Arizona’s immigration law and said it  “has the possibility of leading to racial profiling.” But he hasn’t read it.

    See Glenn Reynolds.

    2) The NY Times has been barred, by the White House, from speaking to Elena Kagan’s brother.

    The New York Times received permission on Tuesday from Hunter College High School in Manhattan, Elena Kagan’s alma mater, to observe a constitutional law class there taught by her brother Irving. We thought it would be intriguing to watch the give and take between Mr. Kagan, who is known as a passionate and interactive educator, and his students on his first day back after witnessing his sister’s nomination in Washington.

    Mr. Kagan, who is also a Hunter alumnus, did not have a problem with the idea, a school spokeswoman said, but she added that all media requests now had to be given final approval by the White House. The times were tentatively set: there was either an 8:52 a.m. class or a 9:36 a.m. class on Wednesday. “I thought it would have been great,” said the spokeswoman, Meredith Halpern.

    But when presented with the idea, the White House balked.

    Joshua Earnest, a White House spokesman, said that the administration was “uncomfortable with the idea at this time.” [. . .]

    A formal proposal has been submitted to the White House, which the administration requested. They asked that it outline the intent and goal of the article in significant detail.

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if Kagan’s brother, or cousin, also suddenly mum, chose to go over the head of their White House minders and talk to the press anyway?

    3)  There’s a bill before Congress that will mandate tracking the body mass index of all children, ages 2 – 18.

    The Healthy Choices Act–introduced by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee–would establish and fund a wide range of programs and regulations aimed at reducing obesity rates by such means as putting nutritional labels on the front of food products, subsidizing businesses that provide fresh fruits and vegetables, and collecting BMI measurements of patients and counseling those that are overweight or obese.

    Choice has become the dirtiest of dirty words. But Big Brother is only trying to make our lives easier:

    At a press conference last week to announce the introduction of the bill, Kind emphasized it would help “busy American families.”

    “Making the healthy choice the easy choice for our families is essential to ensuring our quality of life,” Kind said. “I am pleased to work on legislation that helps provide the opportunities that meet the needs of busy American families.”


    RedState’s Dan McLaughlin comments:

    Let’s leave aside the many methodological problems with BMI as a measurement of obesity (such as the fact that muscular, athletic males are almost always classed as obese). The bill requires federal taxpayers to lay out yet more money to create yet another intrusive apparatus for tracking and storing information that, for example, your 16 year old daughter might regard as rather personal . . . .

    Read the rest.


    Is your child’s BMI the government’s business?

    Hiding the decline on the childhood obesity rate

    The audacity of anti-obesity

    Does this health plan make me look fat?

    • nicedeb 4:12 PM on 05/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m confused…why does the NYTs need the WH’s permission to do a story? What the heck?

      • Sherry 6:27 PM on 05/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

        If I were the New York Post, I’d be so sending all my staff to cover this story if only to get the scoop. Why should anyone subscribe if everything is the same and no actual news gets covered?

      • iainswife 12:52 PM on 05/17/2010 Permalink | Reply

        This is so stupid. I am baffled that anyone with two braincells to rub together hasn’t figured out what an enormous hoax Obama and his administration are.

        • fuzislippers 1:17 PM on 05/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

          What I don’t get and simply can’t wrap my mind around is how high BO’s numbers are. What is wrong with people?

  • pjMom 9:31 AM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , obesity   

    Excuse me, my palate doesn’t need adjustment 

    Especially by the federal government.

    From the WaPo:

    The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.

    The government intends to work with the food industry and health experts to reduce sodium gradually over a period of years to adjust the American palate to a less salty diet, according to FDA sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the initiative had not been formally announced.

    Officials have not determined the salt limits. In a complicated undertaking, the FDA would analyze the salt in spaghetti sauces, breads and thousands of other products that make up the $600 billion food and beverage market, sources said. Working with food manufacturers, the government would set limits for salt in these categories, designed to gradually ratchet down sodium consumption. The changes would be calibrated so that consumers barely notice the modification.

    Emphasis mine.  Pretty soon, we’ll “barely notice” the soviet-gulag-rough toilet paper in the name of saving the planet.  If we’re lucky enough to get any, that is.

    Cross-posted at politicaljunkieMom.

    • Sherry 9:48 AM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      We’re from the government and we’re here to help.

    • Sherry 9:48 AM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Quick, someone go tell Mortons to write a big whopping check to the DNC so they can continue to sell this product!

      • pjMom 12:09 PM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        LOL. Or will we see the headline on Drudge a la Goldman Sachs with the caption “Will he have to give back the million in donations?” under Obama’s picture with a box of salt?

        Maybe if we outlawed all non-organic salt, right? Because arugula really needs a little.

        • Sherry 12:14 PM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

          If I were a chef at the white house, I would serve entirely salt free meals from now on just to illustrate the point. and ban it on the grounds in any snack food. Just to illlustrate the point. Right now, someone should go to the FDA and peruse their cafeteria/snack areas to see if there are vending machines with Doritos.

    • Jill 3:23 PM on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The case against salt is not closed: http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/22/salt-wars/

    • rightklik 1:37 AM on 04/21/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Another intolerable act. Time for salt parties?

  • backyardconservative 5:46 PM on 03/02/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , obesity   

    Here come the snack police 

    Another study furthering the Michelle Obama agenda. Granted, kids these days probably need more exercise but must we all be herded about? And lectured:

    “Our kids didn’t do this to themselves,” Obama said.

    As Pundette linked this morning, what next? Shaming perfectly healthy children at school?

    We constantly get conflicting signals on what’s healthy and what’s not. The only thing I reliably take away from it all is moderation in what you eat and how you exercise.

    The other reliable take-away is that someone in the Obama administration is going to try to tax the next “vice”. They’ll never ban it, that would be too inconvenient, they’ll just tax it.

    P.S. Is this causing stress in their marriage? (I know, too cheesy, but it was staring me in the face.)

    • Jill 6:23 PM on 03/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      From the study you linked to: “U.S. children eat an average three snacks a day on top of three regular meals, a finding that could explain why the childhood obesity rate has risen to more than 16 percent, researchers said on Tuesday.” I consider this perfectly normal eating. It’s a pattern often recommended to dieters. It keeps the blood sugar at a steadier level and prevents extreme hunger that can lead to overeating. Of course, it’s what kids are snacking on, not so much how often they are eating. The article did mention the bane of sugary sodas, etc. If there is an obesity epidemic, isn’t it likely that it’s related to the changes in family structure and routine?

      Not everyone is convinced that there is a childhood obesity epidemic.

      • backyardconservative 6:29 PM on 03/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yes. I seem to remember “grazing”–eating more, smaller meals was a better approach.

        This sugary soda business has been known for at least 20 years–I remember the cautions on it when my kids were little–now they’re young adults. So why is this an “epidemic” now?

        • Yukio Ngaby 7:47 PM on 03/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

          Because it fits into Michelle Obama’s nagging nanny cause and is open to taxation to help pay for all the wonderful entitlements Obama wants.

          The Left has shown a repeated pattern of demonization and taxation on selected products.

          Yeah, I know you already know this. But I can’t keep myself from typing it. It irks me too much.

    • backyardconservative 8:29 PM on 03/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      It was kind of funny in Chicago a year or so ago. The city wanted to tax bottled water. Boy did you see the liberals go nuts over that.

      • One Ticked Chick 9:02 AM on 03/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Michelle Obama made an appearance at a school nutrition conference on Monday and she credited school cafeterias with helping to strengthen national security. She didn’t explain the correlation most likely because there isn’t one. My guess is childhood obesity is no longer a crisis, it’s now a national security issue.

    • Jill 9:18 AM on 03/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      BC, re your P.S.: Shhh, don’t tell Michelle

    • backyardconservative 9:28 AM on 03/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Our children are on the front lines! But Barack takes a pass:)

  • backyardconservative 1:44 PM on 02/23/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Is Mrs. Reid at Risk? 

    The trouble with Harry. Jim Geraghty, NRO on the current Dem Senate majority leader’s remarks about male abusiveness.

    What do we think about this, ladies?

    Perhaps we should ask Mrs. Obama to weigh in (though it’s early days for her spouse’s prospects). She too has been busy extrapolating issues bigtime.

    • rubyslipperblog 2:38 PM on 02/23/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Mrs. Reid is at risk of having Mr. Reid suddenly unemployed in November but not much more I suspect. One would hope the Senate Majority Leader had a greater understanding of the dynamic of domestic violence. Surely he should know this is a problem that cuts across the economic divide. Oops, looks like he doesn’t know that.

      • backyardconservative 3:41 PM on 02/23/2010 Permalink | Reply

        It is kind of astonishing to have a Dem majority leader who looks so mild-mannered but continually makes ignorant and intemperate remarks. I mean, he’s their chosen leader. What does that tell you.

    • Jill 6:57 AM on 02/24/2010 Permalink | Reply

      A comment on this from my blog:

      Dave B said…
      According to Harry I must be a member of the few financially strapped men that doesn’t feel the need to beat my wife. I must confess that I am experiencing the urge to beat the piss out of a few politicians however.

      And that’s what the jobs bill is all about: the Dems attempt to avoid a beating.

  • Jill 7:12 AM on 02/20/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , obesity,   

    Good question 

    The Hyacinth Girl asks:

    Ladies, why are we letting queens in skinny jeans tell us that we aren’t good enough?


    My post here.

    • backyardconservative 11:55 AM on 02/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      My first reaction–I shoveled snow in my slippers this morning. It was a thin crust on the ground.
      Does that count for thin?

      On reading the full post it’s one more indicator of the culture war. Maybe the fashion industry will shrivel up with these ridiculous standards few can afford to buy any more. I take it as a good sign the Miss America pageant had Rush as a judge instead of someone like Perez Hilton.

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