Michelle Obama claims childhood obesity is a national security issue
Michelle Obama unveiled her new “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity, while this may be a noble effort I disagree with the premise that this is a job that the government should be involved in. Fighting childhood obesity should be left up to the parents and their children’s doctors. But that is not the purpose of this post.
During Michelle Obama’s unveiling of this new program, she actually claimed that childhood obesity was a national security issue. How could she possibly make that assertion?
She said that “this epidemic also impacts the nation’s security, as obesity is now one of the most common disqualifiers for military service.” It is certainly a stretch to equate obesity as a disqualification for military service as an issue of national security.
I understand the point that she was trying to make, but it is a reach and it was made in an effort to gain support for another costly government program in the guise of national security to gain support from those who otherwise would never support it.
I think that this move was very transparent, unlike anything else in the Obama administration.