So Michelle Obama has unveiled her plan to combat childhood obesity by saying "Let's Move!" (http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/02/09/obama.child.obesity/index.html?hpt=T1 Seriously? SERIOUSLY?! Let's move? What an ablelist statement, first of all. Secondly, asking parents, teachers and coaches to become MORE involved in their children's health as it relates to weight is ridiculous! As if parents aren't already watching every bite like hawks. As if coaches aren't telling the kids on their teams to drop pounds, to work harder, to train more. As if teacher's aren't already under pressure to implement ridiculous and ineffective food programs. AS IF, Michelle! As if! AS IF THERE ISN"T AN ACTUAL EPIDEMIC OF EATING DISORDERS AND LACK OF POSITIVE BODY IMAGE AMONG YOUTH AS YOUNG AS SIX YEARS OLD!!!!
Gah, so sorry for the all caps but gorram this really bugs me. Just leave the children alone. LEAVE THEM ALONE. Let them grow, let them eat, let them run around and play. Let them be kids! Let them get enough fuel for their bodies to grow muscles and brain and bone and have energy leftover to learn and love. Leave them alone, Michelle. Just leave them alone.
Edited to add I'm not against more farmers markets (yay local economy and fresh food!) or physical activity or even schools promoting health. I DO have a problem with assuming people can buy fresh local food, that anyone can just get up and 'move' and am definitely against the narrow definition of 'health' being given to schools.