Health of the Nation

Feed Me
Am I the only one who’s noticed how thin the President has gotten lately? I don’t think he’s taking in enough calories. Interestingly enough, it seems like all of Obama’s campaign photo ops take place in diners or fast food restaurants. In all the photos the President appears to really be enjoying all those ribs, hamburgers and fries.

Also, have you noticed the only photos we see of Michelle Obama eating are when there is a salad in front of her? Yet she doesn’t look like she’s missed a meal. Go figure.

Anyway, you might be thinking, who cares? Well, you should care because thanks to the new school lunch menu mandate put forth by the US Department of Agriculture and the First Lady, the federal government now controls how many calories your kids are allowed to eat.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 puts an 850 calorie cap on school lunches and kids just aren’t getting enough calories to perform well. Lunch needs to be the largest meal of the day for an active child or teen. Small kids need around 1,850 calories per day and an active teenager needs more than 2,200 calories per day.

For the average high school athlete, carbs are needed to perform. Salad and low-fat milk simply don’t cut it. According to Leslie Bonci, Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a football player might need to eat more than 4,500 calories per day to stay at optimal strength. And for two-a-day practices during the preseason, a football player might need to eat and drink around 10,000 calories to handle the grueling workouts.

Well there you go. As Al Gore once said, “I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience.”

In the meantime, enjoy Feed Me by the late, great Levi Stubbs from the movie Little Shop of Horrors: