Having said that though, I am not a big fan of some of Mrs. Obama's chosen methodology, such as expanding school lunch programs. I became even less enamoured of the idea when I read this bit from Charen's piece:
So let's follow the government's logic here a bit. As noted by Charen, the government nutrionistas tell us that 1 in 3 American kids are overweight or obese. That is bad, but then we read that children get half their daily caloric intake from school lunches. That is one meal out of, presumably 3 meals and snacks probably, and kids get 1/2 of their calories from a school lunch--a government program. So, partially to blame for the high obesity rate in this country is----that's right, the government.
So naturally, to fix the problem we are going to--expand that same government program that gives our kids half their calories a day. There are even some people who want to expand beyond just school breakfasts and lunches and go right into dinner as well. Can you imagine the blobs for kids we would get then? (And don't get me started on the lack of Physical Education to burn some of those calories off).
Compounding the school lunch problem is the farm subsidies that go along with it. The government spend $13 billion dollars a year now on the school lunch program buying those fatty, dairy-laden, fat-dripping, high caloric lunches for our ever more obese kids. We subsidize dairy and meat farmers who then provide the basis for the high caloric school lunches and breakfasts.