Former TLC reality show star Sarah Palin has criticized First Lady Michelle Obama's plan to get kids active and healthy, saying, "What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat." But GOP members Chris Christie (whose suits are growing baggier!) and Mike Huckabee are coming to Obama's defense, reminding everyone that the government won't be outlawing dessert any time soon. Christie said on CBS, "I think it's a really good goal to encourage kids to eat better...If a kid can avoid that in his adult years or her adult years, more power to them." Huckabee even says that obesity is a matter of national security!
Michelle Obama has encouraged families to make sure their children are eating healthily, and to keep sweets in moderation. Christie said, "I think Mrs. Obama being out there encouraging people in a positive way to eat well and to exercise and to be healthy - I don't have a problem with that." Mike Huckabee also supported the campaign, saying, "Seventy-five percent of the military-eligible kids going into the Army can't qualify for the physical because they're either overweight or obese and can't meet the minimum Army standards. That's serious. This is no longer just a health issue, an economic issue—it is becoming an issue of national security."
Currently, about four out of ten of the city's school age children are overweight or obese, and city parents don't seem to be accepting the data. But the real question is: Where does Michelle Obama stand on pet obesity?