Nutrition bill is not all sunshine and lollipops

So much for food choice. The First Lady does not want you eating cupcakes. Photo: Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — December 18, 2010 —If you thought food would be spared in this era of Big Government, you were greatly mistaken. Everything is fair game for attack, as the government seeks to control everything that comes its way. Its latest victims: cupcakes, fatty foods, and bake sales. Beware—the government is coming after those who encourage “bad” eating habits!

This blatant criminalization of bake sales and eating cupcakes comes after the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The $4.5 billion dollars allocated by this law is set to provide 20-million meals for kids at schools nationwide. Why don’t lawmakers waste more of our taxpaying dollars on these government-sanctioned meals? It’s not like our economy is weak or fragile at this given time.

President Barack Obama leans over to third grader, Luis Avilar-Turcios, 8, standing next to first lady Michelle Obama, right, before signing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Act of 2010, during a ceremony at Harriet Tubman Elementary School. (Photo: Associated Press)

President Barack Obama leans over to third grader, Luis Avilar-Turcios, 8, standing next to first lady Michelle Obama, right, before signing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Act of 2010, during a ceremony at Harriet Tubman Elementary School. (Photo: Associated Press)

This initiative stems from First Lady Michelle Obama’s desire to combat childhood obesity. Citing this problem as a “National Security Crisis,” the First Lady is eager to shove health and exercise tips down our throats. Nevertheless, President Obama communicated his excitement about the bill and remarked, “Had I not been able to get the bill passed, I would be sleeping on the couch.”

The Let’s Move! campaign exposes children to healthier food choices made from healthier ingredients, its corresponding website reads. Here, one can see the First Lady’s enthusiasm to subdue childhood obesity: “In the end, as First Lady, this isn’t just a policy issue for me. This is a passion. This is my mission. I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition.”

Who appointed the First Lady as the Food Czarina and why?

The last time I checked, Michelle Obama did not boast credentials to consult Americans on nutrition and eating habits. She is a lawyer by training, and has no business telling Americans what to put in their mouths. If people want guidance in their food choices, they should consult their parents or nutrition experts—not heed advice from President Obama’s wife.

The following question beckons: Where are parents?

It is imperative that parents reassert their authority over their children’s eating habits. When parents educate their kids about what they should and should not eat, there wouldn’t be a need for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Parents are supposed to teach their kids how to eat healthy and stay in shape. They show them what kinds of food to eat and how to manage their portion sizes. They show their kids that a healthy lifestyle is incomplete unless they exercise. When parents neglect their duties, the government swoops in and replaces them—as evidenced by this bill. As a result, parents must set the precedence for healthy eating and exercise habits so the First Lady doesn’t have to.

Nevertheless, there has been widespread opposition to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. My Food. My Choice! has been working vigorously to counteract the bill. The group’s reaction to its passage is outlined here: “Opponents of the bill cite major concerns with the overreach of government and the unfunded mandates placed on local communities and taxpayers. In protest, parents and students are participating in the inaugural ‘National Bake Sale Month.’”

Since the First Lady waged war against bake sales and the like, My Food. My Choice! has vouched for an annual celebration of “National Bake Sale Month” each December. In order to promote free choice while exposing the absurdity of this law, group members intend to celebrate this occasion to show the importance of bake sales for schools under great economic duress.

“Parents and local communities are outraged at the federal government’s usurpation of power,” says Orit Sklar, national spokeswoman of the consumer coalition My Food. My Choice!” Food choice stems from the rejection of Washington’s overarching influence over the American people. It is a testament to preserving individual liberty, as local and national governments continue to oppress us by any means.

William Osler notes: “We are all dietetic sinners; only a small percent of what we eat nourishes us; the balance goes to waste and loss of energy.” No matter what we eat, the fate of our eating decisions lies exclusively in our hands. People have the right to eat what they want without any interference. If people want to be overweight, it is their choice. Alternatively, if they want to be healthy, they will seek consul from nutritionists, parents and doctors while they can—not government officials.

The government continues to manipulate our every move, every action, every bite, every feeling, and every desire. It is time to stand against this tyranny and say no to government usurpation of food choice.

Here’s the proper call-to-action, Michelle Obama: Let Americans eat their food in peace.


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Gabriella Hoffman is a senior at UC-San Diego who also balances life as a conservative activist. She’s majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. Unlike many out there today, Gabriella attributes her parents- Lithuanian immigrants- to her conservative upbringing. Her parents have a remarkable insight into conservatism because they fled the evil empire as political refugees in 1985 and entered the U.S. legally in 1986. Since age 9, she has watched Fox News and has been exposed to liberal injustices from early on. As a result, she is quite the firecracker in defending her conservative beliefs, and doesn’t hesitate to impart the corresponding message to friends and foes alike. 

Hoffman brought David Horowitz to campus May 2010, where he successfully highlighted the dangers involved in radical Islam with efforts like “Apartheid Week” and comments made by those proponents like Jumanah Albarhi. The event made national headlines, with mentions on Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. She is one of the foremost conservative activists at UC-San Diego, having interned with Young America’s Foundation at the Reagan Ranch Center. Hoffman also blogs for San Diego Rostra, David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog, AmatoTalk.com, Student Free Press Association, is a Content Examiner for UCSD’s conservative paper-The California Review, Landmark Report, and maintains her own blog: thegabriellahoffman.com.

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