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Celebrity Spot-Lite: Michelle Obama Eats a Hamburger and Fries

August 9, 2011
Michelle Obama, Champion of Nutrition and Eater of Burgers

Michelle Obama, Champion of Nutrition and Eater of Burgers

Perhaps you remember when, about a month ago, a BREAKING NEWS headline involved Michelle Obama eating a burger, fries, and chocolate shake and the country was suddenly UP IN ARMS about this ‘issue.’

ESCANDALO! people cried. Why is the First Lady, a champion of nutrition and healthy living, setting such a terrible example by chowing down on a 1,700 calorie lunch in the public eye?!

Now, you may be of the camp that believes this deserves the title of “Hangry Hippocrite.” But, I beg to disagree. In fact, “several top nutrition experts salute first lady Michelle Obama for enjoying a hamburger and fries occasionally as she did…” Interesting, eh? Michelle Obama is an incredibly fit and high-energy woman, who is passionate and dedicated to the cause of fighting childhood obesity. But is she also a human, who has occasional cravings and desires? Why yes, yes she is. And that’s ok.

Marlene Schwartz of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity says the thing that worries her about the story “is that people will focus on this one meal instead of her overall pattern of eating, which is obviously very healthy. People just need to be clear and honest about how many empty calories they can have, and then plan enjoyable meals that maximize both nutrition and taste.”

“A healthy lifestyle is all about balance and inclusion, not deprivation and misery,” says one nutritionist. Agreed. And that is probably the most important lesson from this ‘scandal.’ Balance.

There’s an interesting video on this article about the issue at hand (mouth? stomach?) but I am most intrigued to hear your comments. What do you think about our First Lady’s occasional indulgence? Is it new-worthy or cause for a scandal?

(Image courtesy of LA Times)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2011 5:20 pm

    People need to relax. If you eat healthy and excercise frequently, you should definitely be allowed a 1,700 calorie meal once in a while. You deserve it!

  2. sexy curmudgeon permalink
    August 9, 2011 7:07 pm

    The issue of policy advocacy vs. Personal lifestyle can get very tricky very fast. Not to repeat myself ( okay so I am repeating myself), but this again raises the issue of obesity and its link to economic disparity. Michelle obama is not advocating healthy eating for herself or for other members of her income bracket because she doesn’t need to. She is advocating it for the poorest and most needy members of society , and honestly those people aren’t going to be affected by what michelle obama does or doesn’t eat, there going to be affected by what major national policies are put into place.

  3. TBM permalink
    August 9, 2011 7:57 pm

    I’m so glad the country/media has nothing else to worry about besides what the First Lady had for lunch one day.

  4. jenmarie permalink
    August 9, 2011 11:25 pm

    Sexy curmudgeon, I wholeheartedly agree. From what I understand, her efforts are aimed primarily at school-aged children who don’t have access to nutritious foods. The “Let’s Move” website points out that in the past three decades, the childhood obesity rate has tripled. That is an astonishing statistic. Kids need healthy food, period. But, if you are a single mom, working 12+ hour days, barely able to pay bills, it’s faster and cheaper to fill your kids’ bellies with McDonalds than transform organic, unprocessed groceries into a wholesome meal. The bottom line is, it’s cheaper to be overweight and unhealthy in this country. I think we’re going to need real help from the government to reverse this trend.

    Jamie Oliver has done some remarkable work to combat childhood obesity. His 20 minute lecture on gives a wonderful summary of his views on this issue. He argues that for some kids, school breakfasts and lunches are the only full meals available. When each day these meals consist of pizza, french fries, chocolate milk, and cookies, we’re putting these kids at huge risk. Michelle Obama and Jamie Oliver understand that we have to start attacking this crisis by helping those who have been deprived of good nutrition due to a lack of funding and access.
    Calling Michelle Obama out for eating a burger is so beside the point, it’s ridiculous. A healthy lifestyle can absolutely include indulgences every now and then…we should all understand that by now. Why can’t the media report on the good she, and others, are trying to do, rather than clogging our minds with irrelevant fluff?

  5. Fedora permalink
    August 10, 2011 3:40 pm

    Look at the woman! She clearly isnt indulging in a burger and fries everyday. Dont all nutritionists say it is ok to indulge once in a while? Why isnt common sense a necessity of reporting??

    I was much more upset by what happened right after this picture was taken. As you can see, Michelle had just ripped off the sleeves of her dress and yelled, I am the FOOD QUEEN! And she wrestled both of those poor cooks in a giant vat of clarified butter. ( The smaller woman chef did surprisingly well in the match.) Yet how many of you saw coverage of that on the front of

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