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Michelle Obama defends Super Bowl menu: Healthy eating about "moderation"

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WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama, discussing healthy eating the day before the first anniversary of her "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign, defended the White House Super Bowl menu which included bratwurst, kielbasa, cheeseburgers
 and deep dish pizza.

The point is balance, not deprivation, Mrs. Obama said at Tuesday lunch with reporters who cover her East Wing. "I like to talk about my obsession with French fries because I don't want people to think that "Let's Move" is about complete, utter deprivation. It is about moderation and real life changes and ideas that really work for families, today's families too."

During the year of her "Let's Move" healthy eating and exercise drive, Mrs. Obama has never said people should quit junk food--just don't eat it all the time.
"I think I've always been very consistent on that front because that's how I live my life. "I mean, It's about balance. It's always about balance. I felt As a mother if somebody came and said 'you can never have a hot dog' or serve your child a slice of pizza, we'd never get a handle on this issue cause I think that's sometimes how people feel, that's it's all or nothing.


It is not necessary or "realistic" to eat healthy food every day and Super Bowl Sunday is a day made for an exception, Mrs. Obama said.


"I don't even know what you'd have other than some hot dogs and some burgers for a Super Bowl party. That's what Super Bowl is, so the message has always been about balance."



As for that balance, "As I tell my kids, if you eat at every meal than when you're out with your friends on a weekend and you have pizza and ice cream for the entire weekend, you'll still be ok. The problem is when that fun stuff becomes the habit and I think that's what's happened in our culture. Fast food has become the everyday meal and what pediatricians will tell you, that's causing some huge health issues."

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Is this article a verbatim quote from the First Lady? It barely makes sense.

I've corrected what I assume is a typo, but even then, what does this sentence mean? "As I tell my kids, if you eat at every meal than [then] when you're out with your friends on a weekend and you have pizza and ice cream for the entire weekend, you'll still be ok."

Is she saying that healthy meals all week followed byweekends filled with pizza and ice cream is what is meant by balance?

Is a huge Super Bowl Party with nothing other than fatty choices somehow a part of "balance?" Hearing about Mrs. Obama's "obsession" with french fries is somehow teaching us that she has a handle on how to eat? She is "obsessed" wtih a food -- that in itself is mentally unhealthy.

Her picture of good eatng appears to be deprivation for a period of time followed by bingelike indulgence -- and the two are supposed to add up to "balance?"

And what does she mean by, "It is about moderation and real life changes and ideas that really work for families, today's families too." Let's see: 1) "moderation," I guess this mean changing habits from extremes toward a norm; 2) "real life changes" -- as opposed to what? "fake life changes?"; 3) "that really work" - I guess she means are achieveable; 4) "for families, for today's families, too." Now I am perplexed. What does she mean by families, today's families, too? What changes would be proposed that were not for today's families, but for, say families of the 1830s?

Most of what she is saying is a mushy-mouthed mess of verbage, tons of words, little content, and a vague, vague message that is something about how she likes french fries and wants to serve crap at her Super Bowl Party and still get the halo for balance.

the thing that bothers me the most is ,she was not on the ballot and therefore she can make no rules or tell any one what to do. she surely tells her husband what to do, but not the american people, she should look in the mirror, she is not a little lady . the most important thing is, they aare not king and queen. we are not peasants, so do not tell us what to do.

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