The first lady is under fire for recently treating herself to a high-calorie lunch.
It’s no secret that Michelle is the creator of the Let’s Move! campaign that encourages children and teens to get physical. However, it’s also no secret that Michelle has a junk-food vice.
“I love burgers and fries,” she told “Good Morning America” last year. “I love ice cream and cake. So do most kids. We’re not talking about a lifestyle that excludes all that. That’s the fun of being a kid. That’s the fun of being human."
It’s French fries and burgers that have gotten Michelle in trouble now. She was seen at the Shake Shack in Washington, D.C., eating a lunch that’s believed to be about 1700 calories.
It isn’t the first time critics have commented on Michelle’s eating habits. They’ve also been less than complimentary about her physique; however, she never suggested that children or adults not indulge in sweets or junk food from time to time.
Dietary experts don’t believe Michelle needs to completely cut out the occasional order of fries, either.
“The government’s dietary guidelines are very clear on the need to establish eating patterns that are flexible and accommodate our personal preferences,” dietitian Bradley Beach told USA Today. “Mrs. Obama provides a perfect example of just that when she enjoys the occasional burger and fries.”
What do you think? As the founder of Let’s Move!, should Michelle Obama cut out all the junk food, or is she showing Americans how to enjoy a balanced diet?
—Tracy L. Scott