First Lady bypasses parents in urging healthy choices

Friday, September 20, 2013
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A mom and senior fellow thinks First Lady Michelle Obama should spend more time urging parents, rather than food makers and broadcasters, to encourage healthy eating habits for kids.

Speaking at a White House summit this Wednesday, Mrs. Obama said the country is doing a better job of offering healthier food options, but she urged food makers and television broadcasters to do more to promote healthier foods to kids, and to do it faster. 


Still, Julie Gunlock of the Independent Women's Forum says, "It is solely the responsibility of parents to instill proper eating habits in children." She adds that the insistence by this White House that schools and corporations take a higher degree of responsibility for the raising of children than parents is disturbing.

Speaking of schools, First Lady Obama said the kale salads now being served in the salad bars in many school lunchrooms is proof that the country is doing better at offering healthier food options.

"Corporations already provide the American public with a plethora of healthy choices," says Gunlock. "The White House needs a reminder that the primary purpose of corporations is to create jobs, something still very much needed in this struggling economy."

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