In her latest bout of kicking ass, Michelle Obama is using her family’s eating habits as a way to hopefully incite healthier, everything-in-moderation eating across the country. While this may not be entirely realistic, considering it is hard for some lower-income families to obtain healthy options like fruits and vegetables, Obama is a fan of community gardens across the country and even soup kitchens that serve only fresh food.
In an article from The New York Times, Obama describes the healthy choices she makes for her family and suggests the accessibility of these types of foods can be increased “by each of us lending a hand”. Yes please.
The visibility of the Obama’s eating habits could be beneficial to people nationwide. There is undoubtedly a fascination with Michelle Obama (and obviously backlash against her and her arm-baring ways), and perhaps more so than many First Ladies in recent past, she is being viewed as a semi-celebrity. The editor of Gourmet Magazine, who was interviewed for the article, says she’d be happy if the White House issued press releases on what the Obama family ate each week, not for its voyeuristic aspects but to lend to their authenticity. She feels this could help inspire healthy eating in children.
Obama also touts the importance of eating in moderation and the sporadic “hankering for fast food”. Could this, paired with those impressive biceps, positively affect women with eating disorders? What do you think about the press release idea? Can seeing what the First Family eats truly affect the way we eat as a nation?