Sarah Palin Plays Politics with the Health of America's Children

Yesterday, in a radio interview, Sarah Palin went on the offensive against Michelle Obama and her anti-childhood obesity campaign –  Let’s Move.

In her own words, the former vice-presidential nominee said:

Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. 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. And I know I’m going to be again criticized for bringing this up, but instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician’s wife priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track.

Given the current polarization of American politics, I am not surprised that Sarah Palin is trying to rally additional Tea Party support against the Obama administration and it’s policies.

What I am surprised by is how Ms. Palin is willing to put political gamemanship ahead of the health of America’s children.

Surprised because back in 2009, when Ms. Palin was Governor of Alaska, her policy on childhood obesity was as follows:

Alaska is experiencing an obesity epidemic that will have serious consequences for decades to come. Childhood obesity is a complex problem that needs to be addressed at the individualcommunity, state and national levels.
That sounds a lot different than “leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions”.
In fact, Ms. Palin’s 2009 position on childhood obesity prevention seems pretty darn sensible and frighteningly Obama-esque.
Childhood obesity is a complex problem that is going to require the combined best efforts of individuals, communities, organizations and government.
And while I don’t think Sarah Palin circa 2009 would have been happy with the “progressive” nature of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, she probably wouldn’t have attacked the First Lady and her educational/motivational Let’s Move program.
This verbal attack was all about playing politics.
It’s just too bad that Sarah Palin had to score those political points at the expense of America’s children.

(skip ahead to 2:35 for the relevant portion of the interview)



  1. when will Americans learn that feeding your children crap, letting them play xbox all day and assuming everything is everyone elses fault is causing 90% of these issues. Wr always thought

  2. She is saying that no First Lady should have a platform or maybe she is just saying the present First Lady shouldn’t have one.

  3. I just don’t like the way Michelle tells us to eat healthy but every other photo op seems to have ice cream involved.

    Also while her intentions may be good I am not sure she is connected with the average person in America, it is not easy raising kids when everyone (able) in the family needs to work to keep the roof over their heads. Unfortunately not every family can afford organic, whole food, chef prepared meals that are nutritious and taste good. They typically have to settle for the cheapest foods, which is most likely processed crap. Sure you can argue eating healthy may not be that much more expensive then eating junk, but some people don’t even understand this concept, they are more focused on paying the heating bill or keeping the lights on and don’t have the free time to investigate everything a lot of us do. Heck, I have a hard time keeping anything straight, and I dedicate a large part of my free time to research.

    One final point, with the American government pushing high carb, low-fat, low-protein as the ultimate cure all even though disease is worse than it ever was before…why the hell should be glad that they are trying to tell parents what to feed their kids? We might as well have Kim Jung-Il leading this movement; it could not be any worse!! Trans fats were developed because of the governments push to get rid of saturated fats, to which we are finding are not nearly as bad as they once thought. Almost everything they have thought of that was brought about by high fat diets (prior to trans fats and modern processed foods) was found to be more linked to carbohydrates and their impact on insulin, yet the food pyramid is high carb.

    IMHO high carb is what is killing us, but it is also what the government is pushing, so in this instance GO PALIN!! Get big brother out of our lives, let us find our own way to handle things.

  4. Matt, I agree 100% that any big gov’t plan to modify our “sinful” behaviors is doomed to failure without the application of extreme legislation – taxes, bans, etc…

    However, Sarah Palin denies that there is a problem in order to make political points. She doesn’t offer a non-governmental solution – she just panders to the anti-government sentiment.

    She could have talked about all the grassroots anti-obesity campaigns being driven by regular folk, or she could have mentioned anti-obesity research being done at private universities and in Big Pharma labs, or she could have mentioned small business people like myself who spend their days helping people transform their lives, etc….

  5. Yep I can see your point, she missed an opportunity to lay out her ideas on the subject matter which have only solidified her stance.

    Unfortunately I think the obesity subject matter is still a touchy subject here in the US, many are inclined to just ignore it for now because of the political correctness. IMHO our “health care reform act” should have been more geared to teaching people to eat better and not necessarily trying to take control over everything, but then again the government food plan is hosed….

    Also you have to admit, the Obama administration has taken huge swipes at nationalizing several parts of the US already, and I think it is not so much the campaign to end childhood obesity that is the issue as it’s just seen as another government solution to a personal/family based problem. This leaves a very bitter taste in the mouth of everyone who is fed up with the government trying to run everything. The only thing the US government has been able to run successfully is the military, and that is questionable at times. Take our postal service, it is government ran, it loses like 1 billion a month…that is just one example of the aptitude of our government.

  6. I believe that parents should feed their children healthy meals but unfortunately sometimes “junk” food is less expensive. A box of mac ‘n cheese is less money than salad and fruit, etc. I don’t think the government should interfere and dictate what parents should feed their children. I don’t believe that Sarah Palin is for childhood obesity, but I believe she is against government interference.

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