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Back off, Michelle Obama.

February 17, 2010

Michelle Obama, with her “Let’s Move” campaign, needs to mind her own business. It is not up to her or the government to make children eat what she thinks that they should eat.  It is not up to her or the government to make children exercise.  I am so tired of this invasive form of “public health.”  One role of government is public safety and public health should focus on population health risks like infectious disease prevention.

The same thing happens here.  Why do schools feel like they need to force my children to exercise?  Gym is an important break for the children so that they aren’t stuck at their desks for hours and playing games is part of learning to work with others.  However, beyond that, it is not the school’s job to ensure that my children are getting some arbitrary minimum number of active minutes per week.  I’m going to have to speak up.  Again.  And cause trouble.  Again.  I suspect that I will completely lose this battle since “fighting childhood obesity” is the latest fad.

Can I just add that “childhood obesity” is NOT an epidemic?  Epidemics are outbreaks of infectious disease.

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