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Bravo to First Lady Michelle Obama for taking the lead on a crucial and glaringly ignored issue that is at the heart of any discussion on health care reform.

Fat Americans; especially fat kids.

It’s the elephant in the room (no pun intended), and the First Lady deserves our cheers and support in talking it on.  About one-third of American adults are considered obese (not overweight – fucking OBESE), and two-thirds are counted as either overweight or obese.

Look around.  It used to be the fat kid in class was the exception and was unfortunately picked on as a result; now it’s the normal-weight kid that’s the exception.

Another shocking example:  look at the "fat Elvis" pictures.  Remember when he actually seemed shockingly fat?  Today, he’d be considered in shape.

Fat creates health crises, just as surely as smoking or boozing does – perhaps more so.  Can you just imagine when all these fat kids turn 40?!  They’ll be walking diabetes cases – crushing the health care system.

Bravo to the First Lady for tackling this sacred cow issue head-on.

Originally posted to blue eyed devil on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 06:39 PM PST.

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