In today’s ridiculous health news, one advocacy group has started a petition to stop President Obama from ever eating unhealthy food in public again. Like this is going to solve anything when it comes to our obesity crisis.
The group of doctors and activists who call themselves The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nonprofit advocacy group, has asked the White House to stop all photo opportunities that show Obama eating any “carcinogenic or obesogenic foods.” That means anything unhealthy, including hamburgers, hot dogs. Their reason? He is contributing to our nation’s obesity crisis which threatens to have 40% of our population obese by 2030.
The leaders at PCRM believe so strongly in their stance that they began circulating a petition this week to put a stop to Obama’s all-American diet in public.
PCRM nutrition education director, Susan Levin, stands behind this campaign:
The White House would never set up a photo-op showing the president buying cigarettes,” . “So why is it okay to show him eating a hot dog?
True, they’re not the healthiest thing for you, but a hot dog is not exactly the same thing as a cigarette.
Nevertheless, the advocacy group sties several examples of Obama being a bad role model: eating hot dogs with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament in March and eating burgers with former Russian President Dimitry Medvedev two years ago.
PCRM’s chief medical officer, Ulka Agarwal, told the Daily News that it’s all about controlling obesity:
We would like the White House to stop publicizing these photos depicting the President, vice president or First Family eating unhealthy foods like hot dogs or pepperoni pizza that contain processed meat, or cheeseburgers or hamburgers that can contribute to obesity.
He went on to say:
What they eat behind closed doors is their business, but at public events, they are role models.
OK, point taken here. And yes, Obama has been photographed eating everything from pizza to hamburgers to doughnuts, but who really cares? Is he obese? No. Is he unhealthy? No. Does he stay physically active? Yes. Then let’s leave him alone.
Banning photos of any public figure eating an occasional doughnut is not going to solve our nation’s obesity crisis. The only way we are going to get our waistlines under control is through personal responsibility and a commitment to smaller portions, healthier diets and regular exercise–most of the time. There is nothing wrong with an occasional splurge on some junk food.
Obama is just showing us that he is an everyday American who enjoys everyday American fare from time to time. Let’s not blame him for our weight issues. I highly doubt that he’s eating this way seven days a week. And, as far as I’m concerned, he’s a healthier role model than certain celebrities who practically starve themselves to look too skinny because they believe appearances are everything.
So go forth, President Obama, and enjoy that hot dog. And be sure to order fries and a chocolate milkshake with it.