There is no question that Michelle Obama wants to control what Americans – especially children – are allowed to eat. In fact, as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign, she has made such nutrition regulations a central theme.
In accordance with her recommendations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued restrictions on the number of calories and types of foods public schools are allowed to serve. The first lady herself, however, is noticeably unconstrained by the strict guidelines she wants to place on others. For example, the fatty meal served at a White House state dinner this week was estimated to contain 2,500 calories, or twice as much as an average public school’s breakfast and lunch combined.
USDA mandates limit elementary school students to a total of 1,150 calories for the two meals. The largest serving allowed under the regulation is high school lunch, which can contain a whopping 850 calories.
To combat this apparent hypocrisy, one innovative U.S. representative has sponsored a bill that would hold the Obamas to the same standards by which everyone else is expected to abide.
“Back home, our school districts and students are frustrated and feel like their government is not listening,” Illinois Republican Rep. Rodney Davis said. His bill would do exactly what leftists consistently claim is their supreme mission: level the playing field.
The legislation would require any White House functions to stick to the same caloric restrictions imposed upon students. Of course, his intention is likely not to see the proposal actually become a law; rather, he is making a point that resonates with millions of Americans.
Michelle Obama has made limiting nutritional choice a very prominent aspect of her public persona. Davis’ bill would show her that, if a government-mandated meal plan is truly best for the public at large, it should be equally beneficial for her family and illustrious guests.
The USDA guidelines by which schools must operate not only limit calories; restrictions also apply to salt intake and saturated fats.
–B. Christopher Agee
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