Lady Obama Spreads Low-Fat Cheer Among the Troops

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Posted in category Food Totalitarianism

While Lady Obama is busy sprinkling her political dust on the food front in the “war” against obesity, no troops are being left behind. The Washington Post and New York Times have reported on the story that food fascism has come to the military (although they don’t actually report it that way):

Military bases will soon be serving more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dishes under the first program in 20 years to improve nutrition standards across the armed services.

…“When our service members make healthy eating a priority in their lives, the rest of us are more likely to make it a priority in our lives,” she said in a written statement. “Simply put, this is America’s entire military once again stepping forward to lead by example.”

Of course, obesity is a “national security issue.” And any issue of national security must be dealt with swiftly, and via sweeping government mandates. The NYT reported this quote from the First Lady of Lowfat:

“Thank you for eating your vegetables,” she told airmen at a mess hall in Little Rock, Ark., as several stared guiltily into half-eaten plates of broccoli. “We need you strong.”

Thanks to Barbara Hoffman for the tip.

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6 Responses to Lady Obama Spreads Low-Fat Cheer Among the Troops

  1. BTinNY says:

    February 18th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    OMG – “America’s entire military once again stepping forward to lead by example.””

    As We Go Marching – on steroids.

  2. Amy Alkon says:

    February 18th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Yes, this is what the troops really need — to be surviving on a plateful of carrot sticks and lowfat cottage cheese in a war zone. Meanwhile, I’m sitting at a computer making sure I get adequate fat to fuel my brain per this “Evolutionary Psychiatry” blog item on Psychology Today by psychiatrist Dr. Emily Deans on how a high-fat diet can help the brain work better:

  3. chuck says:

    February 19th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    the military needs to do the research into optimizing testosterone levels through diet.  then impliment that.  we need aggressive and strong troops.  the low fat vegetarians i have observed are timid and have low muscle mass.

  4. steve says:

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I type this in a location in southwest asia eating every meal in a military dining facility. I’ve also eaten plenty of meals in CONUS dining facilities. This is a total smokescreen; there’s has not been in recent past any shortage of fruits and vegetables. I don’t know what the ‘revolution’ is, they are there, in adequate amounts, albeit not enough leafy greens or yams/sweet potatoes. What there is however is a shortage of clean, decent proteins and good fats. The only constant for lunch/dinner are overcooked skinless chicken breasts. What varies in the other meat, but it’s usually something processed, breaded, gravied, and/or overcooked. Steak shows up once a week and MUST be at least well done; disgusting and dry. On to fats: no coconut milk or avocados to be had. There is oil on the tables which I use liberally on my overcooked veggies, but there’s no way in hell it’s olive oil, probably just a plain vegetable oil. Sour cream shows up occasionally and mixed nuts are always out for the taking. I’ve seen avocado’s here, but sadly only come out for holidays and I-kid-you-not, decoration–then they disappear, never to be seen again esp as guac or something cool. I order cans of coconut milk from to supplement my fat intake since I’m apparently too stupid to get on board w/ a low fat diet.

  5. Bob Wallace says:

    February 24th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    She should worry about the size of her butt before she worries about the size of mine. Rabbit food — yech!

  6. Jeannie Queenie says:

    February 24th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    @Amy, read about 25 years ago, that a nutritionist at John Hopkins Univ med school who worked with kids that had epileptic seizures, actually stopped having seizures when on high fat diets. They no longer had to take seizure meds. She had a hunch that was the problem and her hunch was right more seizures.

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