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American Thinker:

Michelle's Flawed Crusade
By Michael Applebaum, MD

The recently passed child school nutrition legislation is exemplary of the administration's deficiency in basic knowledge and its willingness to elevate politics and ideology over all scientific fact, despite assurances to the contrary.

Its approach to this matter, where there is but a single issue in play, strongly suggests a profound inability to comprehend more complex concepts, perhaps explaining much of what has transpired during its tenure.

Michelle Obama, who appears overweight (a feature common among weight control advisors), has chosen to campaign about childhood overweight/obesity.

POTUS supports her efforts.

There are four prongs to her program:

First Lady Michelle Obama has announced a four-pronged assault on childhood obesity that focuses on increasing the number of "healthy schools," adding more physical activity to youngsters' lives, encouraging consumers to make smart food choices, and improving access to healthy foods, which she calls a major barrier to healthy eating.
Focusing only on the matters of childhood overweight/obesity and school food policy considerations...
Mrs. Obama states:

I am thrilled that Congress has taken a major step forward today in passing the [$4,500,000,000.00] Child Nutrition bill ... that will help us provide healthier school meals to children across America and will play an integral role in our efforts to combat childhood obesity.

POTUS variously claims

to "restor[e] scientific integrity to government decision making." ... science advisers should be appointed based on their credentials, "not their politics or ideology," and that officials should "be open and honest with the American people about the science behind our decisions."

How do POTUS's words reconcile with the Mrs.' efforts on this issue and his support of them?

Childhood overweight/obesity, like adulthood overweight/obesity, like any creature overweight/obesity, results from one thing and one thing only -- more Calories in than out.

Though other factors have been blamed, in the absence of more Calories in than out, weight gain is virtually impossible.

The human body functions in accord with the laws of thermodynamics. If total food calories exceed daily energy expenditure, excess calories accumulate and store as fat in adipose tissue. [italics in original.]

Suggesting there are ways to defeat these laws is akin to suggesting there are ways to overcome the option of gravity.snip
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