The number of fat kids – okay, the rate of childhood obesity . . . gosh, though, that takes so long to type – has declined ever so slightly among low income children, and First Lady Michelle Obama might be able to claim some credit, according to the New York Times.
But why leave out the other Obama? Both deserve credit.
You see, as I’m sure you’re aware, Michelle has been running a campaign to trim kids waistlines called “Let’s Move.” The Times likes this.
Children now consume fewer calories from sugary beverages than they did in 1999, Dr. Blanck said. More women are breast-feeding, which can lead to healthier weight gain for young children. Federal researchers have also chronicled a drop in overall calories for children in the past decade, down by 7 percent for boys and 4 percent for girls, but health experts said those declines were too small to make much difference.
Another explanation is that some combination of state, local and federal policies aimed at reducing obesity is starting to have an effect. Michelle Obama has led a push to change young children’s eating and exercise habits and 10,000 child care centers across the country have signed on.
But even the Times admits there’s absolutely no evidence what Michelle is doing has had any effect at all!
“We can’t prove what are the changes in environment and policy that led to” the declining rates, Dr. Frieden said. But he added that it was hard to believe that the government policies now in place “aren’t having a big role here.”
Look, I would support Michelle if she was just trying to change the Cult of Overeating and not also creating her own government mandates. If she was just trying to change attitudes, it couldn’t hurt.
Meanwhile, her husband Barack has embarked on a parallel program which is demonstrably having an effect on the amount of food children are eating:
HE’S RUINING THE ECONOMY!
By failing to boost economic growth and substantially decrease joblessness, President Obama IS ENSURING THAT PEOPLE HAVE LESS MONEY TO SPEND ON FOOD.
It’s a stroke of genius, I must say.
We know his policies are working to keep food off the table because the number of people on Food Stamps has just about doubled during his presidency, to nearly 50 million! And it shows no sign of declining.
Meanwhile, the Obama poverty rate is at 15 percent, right back where it was when we started the Big Government War on Poverty in the mid-1960s.
What’s more, Obama is a big supporter of the corn-based fuel ethanol, the demand for which raises the price of corn and – you guessed it – the endless assortment of appetizing processed snacks and meals made from corn products. It’s fattening farmers but slimming poor people.
So congratulations are in order to BOTH Obamas.
Of course, the New York Times doesn’t mention the possibility that The Lousy Economy is reducing the amount of food parents can buy for their kids. Such a shame – I thought the Times supported the president!