Michelle Obama Will Not Want You To See What This New Report Just Revealed

The obesity rate in America hit its highest level on record last year, with over 1-in-4 Americans being substantially overweight–despite Michelle Obama’s efforts to combat it.

Gallup and Healthways conducted the random survey with over 176,000 participants in reaching its findings that 27.7 percent of Americans were obese in 2014, up from 27.1 the year before, and up significantly from 2008 (the year Barack Obama was elected) when the rate was 25.5 percent.

Michelle Obama has made childhood obesity one of her key initiatives as First Lady. The goal of the Lets Move! campaign is to “raise a healthier generation of kids.” One of the greatest determinants of adult obesity are the lifestyle patterns created in childhood.

Additionally, starting in 2014, Obamacare required insurers to allow for screening and counseling for obesity at no cost to the patient.

The survey noted the states with the highest and lowest rates of obesity. Mississippi and Kentucky top the list for the highest obesity rates, while Hawaii and Colorado were the lowest.

Image Credit: Gallup/Healthways

Image Credit: Gallup/Healthways

NBC News reports that “People who are obese have higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.”

The survey also found obesity impacts one’s overall sense of well-being.

Image Credit: Gallup/Healthways

Image Credit: Gallup/Healthways

“There are proven, effective interventions for helping people lose weight and sustain their weight loss,” says Janet Calhoun, senior vice president at Healthways. “For maximum impact, interventions need to go beyond addressing eating habits and physical activity, and include the emotional and social aspects of well-being…[to achieve] long-lasting behavior change.”

h/t: CNS News

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Ann Coulter Just Exposed This Immigration Statistic That Not Many People Know About

In a recent interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, conservative columnist Ann Coulter discussed the impact America’s broken immigration system continues to have on the lives of U.S. citizens and the nation’s fundamental makeup.

As Western Journalism reported, Coulter’s refusal to hug an illegal immigrant in a question-and-answer session following the interview made headlines this week; however, it was one statistic she cited in her conversation with Ramos that has taken many Americans aback.

Coulter said the demographic reinvention of the nation began a half century ago with the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

“The people that passed the 1965 immigration law, Teddy Kennedy, the rest of the Democrats, they swore up and down it would not change the ethnic composition of this country,” she said. “This has been the most dramatic, historic ethnic change to any nation in world history. And this is lying to the American people and without even consulting the American people on it, which is why I’m particularly enraged at the idea that I can see every night on MSNBC enthusiasm about the browning of America, the browning of America. But if I say, ‘Oh, I don’t like what you’ve done,’ oh, that’s racist.”

She went on to refute Ramos’ assertion that America is stronger because of increased diversity.

“It’s not more diverse,” she said. “It’s more Mexican.”

Bolstering her argument, Coulter provided a metric by which the rate of Mexican immigration can be easily understood.

“You’ve taken in one-quarter of the entire Mexican population,” she said. “At what point will we have taken in enough, in your view? Half of the Mexican population? The entire Mexican population? Three-quarters?”

Ramos responded with an assertion that more lenient immigration laws would help protect Mexicans who are currently risking their lives to illegally cross the border.

“That isn’t an answer to the question,” she shot back. “One-quarter of the Mexican population – how much more do we have to take? When will we achieve perfect diversity?”

Should America welcome anyone interested in crossing our border? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Student Fights Back After School Official And 3 Armed Campus Police Stop Her From Displaying These Signs

A Texas college student filed a First Amendment lawsuit against her school last week after she was told she would need “special permission” to collect signatures for a new student organization and display her conservative-leaning signs.

Fox News reported that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is aiding student Nicole Sanders in a lawsuit against Blinn College, a community college located about 75 miles west of Houston in Brenham, Texas.

Sanders’ lawsuit challenges Blinn’s policy of restricting expression to a “Free Speech Area” (seen below) unless one obtains a permit, which entails going through a lengthy process, according to the lawsuit.

The Blinn student wanted to distribute a small card to students explaining constitutional rights, as she was trying to start a Young Americans for Liberty (YAF) chapter on campus.

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The 24-year-old student was also prohibited from displaying the two signs below–except in the pre-designated area. One reads “Defend Gun Rights On Campus,” and another reads “LOL,” with the ‘O’ as the Obama campaign logo.

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Image credit: FIRE

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From Fox News:

Sanders claims a college official accompanied by three armed campus police officers approached and said someone had complained that their display was offensive and that they wouldn’t be allowed to do it again unless they got ‘special permission.’

According to Sanders, the official added that it was unlikely such permission would be granted to advocate for gun rights.

“When you have to get a permit before you can speak, it shuts down ideas – everything gets censored through the administrators,” Sanders told Fox News.

“[P]ublic colleges like Blinn are bound by the First Amendment, which gives all citizens—including college students—the right to speak out on the issues they are passionate about, whether gun rights or gay rights,” FIRE associate director of litigation Catherine Sevcenko said in a statement.

“Blinn College thinks it’s acceptable to have a free speech zone that is the size of a parking spot. But the Constitution’s free speech zone is the size of the United States,” added Sevcenko. “This case is yet another example of college administrators trying to quarantine the First Amendment.”

The suit also asserts her ceramics professor, David Peck, tried to intimidate her into not suing the school.

Blinn spokesman Jeff Tilley told Fox News that the school is taking a look at its policies. “We certainly will take this opportunity to evaluate our policies as they are written and as they are applied by faculty and staff,” Tilley said.

We will evaluate whether any misunderstandings may have occurred. Because of our commitment to our students and to the law, we are confident that we will be able to resolve any concerns that have been raised.

Do you support free speech on campus? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Watch: Incredible Moment When Lightning Strikes This Church Caught On Camera

Several years after witnessing a bolt of lightning strike a church near his home, Grand Isle, Maine, teen Carl Bouley grabbed his camcorder during a recent storm in hopes of capturing a similar event. Sure enough, the lens was trained on St. Gerard-Mount Carmel Parish – the same church hit in 2007 – at the precise moment lightning struck its steeple.

After he posted video of the incident to his Facebook page, Bouley saw the number of views and shares begin to skyrocket. As of this writing, more than 111,000 people have seen his uploaded footage.

The 16-year-old soon began receiving media requests from national outlets seeking to use his footage. Just an hour after the video was posted, he posted a status update indicating reporters were already contacting him.

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Bouley also posted the 20-second video to YouTube, where it racked up thousands of additional views. Comments ranged from obligatory lightning puns – “this is shocking” – to praise of the young cameraman’s ability to hold the camera steady during such a tumultuous event.

“I was surprised with myself to be honest lol,” he replied.

NECN reported on the video and its rapid popularity, offering Bouley’s reaction upon having captured a once-in-a-lifetime lightning strike.

“The fact that I got it on camera makes everything a little more unrealistic in my eyes,” he acknowledged.

As for the church, local officials confirm it sustained a few displaced shingles and electrical damage in the strike. A few homes in the neighborhood were similarly damaged.

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Ready For Summer? Here’s How The Government Wants You To Make This Campfire Favorite

As Western Journalism has previously reported, Michelle Obama’s path toward forcing Americans to be healthy has taken some unusual detours along the way. Aside from the roundly panned implementation of school nutrition mandates that resulted in wasted food, wasted money and hungry kids, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has followed her lead by attempting to change how all citizens eat.

The latest example came this week, as warmer weather across the nation had Americans looking forward to camping and other outdoor activities. For many, the traditional preparation of one iconic snack – the s’more – is a seasonal highlight.

On its recipe webpage, the USDA offered its take on the chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker concoction, replacing the first two ingredients with strawberries and low-fat vanilla yogurt. A USDA-related Twitter profile, ChooseMyPlate.gov, shared a link to the recipe along with its endorsement of the snack as an “easy treat kids will love.”

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Judging from the response from Twitter users, the yogurt-infused update of a classic treat was far from a unanimous hit.

“You’ve got to be kidding!” one critic wrote. “S’mores are a national tradition for America’s families. Please concentrate on important things!”

While some acknowledged that the USDA-promoted snack looks tasty enough, most were adamant that it should not be called a s’more.

“Please tell Michelle Obama that THIS is not a SMORE!” responded another Twitter user. “These are strawberry yogurt cracker sandwiches. Put this on a campfire.”

At least one individual took a page out of the leftist playbook in criticizing the revamped s’more idea.

“Notice how they took out the chocolate,” the user wrote. “Racists.”

Should the federal government dictate what Americans eat for their own good? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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