**Written by Doug Powers
The link between obesity and national security was made earlier this year when “Let’s Move” launched, but now it’s being ratcheted up a notch. There’s nothing like salivating over another industry takeover to make the left express concern for the military recruiting effort:
First Lady Michelle Obama plans to warn in remarks Monday that the nation is seeing “a groundswell of support” for curbing childhood obesity, and she is unveiling new ammunition from current and retired military leaders.
“[M]ilitary leaders … tell us that when more than one in four young people are unqualified for military service because of their weight,” the first lady says in prepared remarks, “childhood obesity isn’t just a public health threat, it’s not just an economic threat, it’s a national security threat as well.”
The first lady and President Barack Obama are making a rare joint speaking appearance on Monday, at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Northwest D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, as he signs into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
This could prompt the San Francisco progressives to un-ban Happy Meals. “Join the military and kill innocent, oppressed and misunderstood human beings who only want their grievances addressed? Bring on the cheeseburgers, Ronald!”
The “Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act” will probably soon join the “Quality, Affordable Health Care Act” in the Paradoxical Government Programs Hall of Fame.
Where’s the respect for the rights of the gravitationally challenged who want to serve their country? How about a military program like “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” for obese people — “See Flab, Don’t Blab” perhaps? Larger Americans are a put-upon bunch who are woefully disorganized when it comes to defending themselves against discrimination. Sure, there’s an inherent heart disease and diabetes risk, but now they’re almost as bad as terrorists? Heavy people unite! Somebody should do something fast before internment fat camps start sprouting up in North Dakota (for those who don’t have the wealth to afford the kind of place anti-capitalist Michael Moore checks himself into).
I’m all for kids eating a healthy diet and leading an active lifestyle as dictated by their parents, but can somebody please ask the First Lady how obesity is an imminent “national security threat” when, even though some obese applicants are turned away, recruiting goals (as of late last year anyway) are being met and exceeded like never before in America’s volunteer force?
For the first time in more than 35 years, the U.S. military has met all of its annual recruiting goals, as hundreds of thousands of young people have enlisted despite the near-certainty that they will go to war.
The Pentagon, which made the announcement Tuesday, said the economic downturn and rising joblessness, as well as bonuses and other factors, had led more qualified youths to enlist.
The military has not seen such across-the-board successes since the all-volunteer force was established in 1973
But adding obesity to the “national security risks” list may obviously mean these goals need to be raised. More security risks means more necessary security personnel. For example, keeping our country safe will require a highly trained security force just to police and monitor school bake sales and rid them of BMDs (brownies of mass destruction).
The latest “obesity is a threat to national security” push is about pie, but not in the traditional “cooling on grandma’s window sill” sense:
“The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.” — Michelle Obama, April 8, 2008
Figuratively and literally as it were.
But as far as “security” goes, some people will disregard Michelle Obama’s advice and err on the side of caution:
Update: Michelle Obama just said that child nutrition is the responsibility of parents — except not really:
In remarks prior to President Barack Obama signing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids legislation into law today, First Lady Michelle Obama said that meeting children’s nutritional needs is “ultimately the responsibility of parents,” adding that the law is necessary to make certain children are properly fed.
“It’s clear that we as a nation have a responsibility to meet as well,” the first lady said at the signing ceremony at the White House. “We can’t just leave it up to the parents.”
**Written by Doug Powers
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