Sarah Palin Takes on Nutritional Advocacy Programs
By Tom Ryan
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has lately been ridiculing
government-led healthy-eating initiatives as just another example of government’s
reckless intrusion into Americans’ lives. Her target has particularly been
the "Let’s Move" program
led by First Lady Michelle Obama that encourages families and schools to get
active and eat healthier.
On her outdoors-themed show, "Sarah Palin’s Alaska," this
past Sunday on The Learning Network, she was seen searching her cabinets for
the ingredients for s’mores — graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows.
"This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should
not have desert," Ms. Palin reportedly said.
Several news reports assumed
Ms. Palin was referring to Ms. Obama’s address in September before the Congressional
Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Conference in which the First Lady said, "The
problem is when things get out of balance, when dessert is practically a food
This marked the second time the former governor of Alaska had
taken on Ms. Obama and the "Let’s Move" program.
"Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right," Ms.
Palin said in November on the Laura Ingraham radio show, according to CBS
News. "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. … Just leave us alone, get off our back."
The Daily News noted that the "Let’s Move" program does not
ban desserts although it does suggest cutting back on sugar. The article also
noted that studies show that one-third of U.S. children are overweight or obese,
increasing the likelihood of diabetes and other diseases. In defending Ms.
Obama, The Daily News noted that she has planted a vegetable garden at the
White House and led exercise classes for kids while also admitting to her own
weakness for sweets. She told the Ladies’ Home Journal, "What is
life without the things you love to eat? For me, it’s pie."
campaign has also been championed by Republicans such as California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger, and Ms. Obama has appeared on the Fox News program
hosted by former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
Still, the "Let’s
Go" program has become fodder for other Republicans
"Get away from my French fries, Mrs. Obama," Fox News’ Glenn
Beck recently declared, according to The Washington Post. "First
politician that comes up to me with a carrot stick, I’ve got a place for it.
And it’s not in my tummy."
Discussion Questions: What’s the likelihood that government-led anti-obesity
efforts will increasingly loom as a measurable political issue in the future?
When do government-led nutrition programs cross the line into becoming overly-intrusive
in American’s lives?
- Sarah Palin mocks Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign on reality show
with jab about dessert – The Daily News
takes aim at Michelle Obama over dessert – USA Today
Swipes at Michelle Obama Anti-Obesity Push – CBS News
us eat s’mores! Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama, and desserts – The