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Palin Knocks Obama on Obesity.

Sarah Palin is taking shots at Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity initiative “Let’s Move,” saying that the first lady should stay out of our families’ lives and let parents decide for themselves what to feed their kids.

Obama’s Let’s Move is helping to increase access to healthy food in schools, encouraging physical activity, partnering with classrooms and farmer’s markets, and making healthy foods more affordable.

In other words, Palin is dangerous and misinformed. Her blind ideological opposition to public health programs has absolutely nothing to do with data, medical information, science, or anything reality-based.

CNN’s Roland Martin calls her “reckless,” and I agree. She spouts political catch phrases about the government staying out of our business across the board, without any consideration for the evidence.

Here’s a sample of what she said about Michelle Obama in an interview:

“Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat. And I know I’m going to be again criticized for bringing this up, but instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician’s wife priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track.”

Diabetes rates are off the charts, with a recent CDC report predicting that a third of American adults will have diabetes by 2050. And the disease will cost the country over $3 trillion dollars in the next 10 years. Meanwhile, childhood obesity has tripled since the 1980’s. It’s a ticking time bomb. Is this really the point to suggest letting things follow course?

Her perspective that government and pesky public health folks should get out of the way and let families decide doesn’t make sense. It’s not as if we live in the wild as hunter gatherers where the “choices” are actually real food — gazelle meat versus wild berries.

We’ve already got decades of entrenched unhealthy eating habits and a food system that skews towards supporting chicken nuggets over apples and asparagus. The playing field isn’t level — unhealthy foods are cheaper and more accessible than healthy ones. Fixing problems like that means taking aim at the practices (including government ones) that lead to the problems in the first place.

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Tags: health, michelle obama, sarah palin / palin family
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