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PCRM Wants President Obama to Avoid Photo Ops With Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs

PCRM Wants President Obama to Avoid Photo Ops With Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs

The Obamas have developed a reputation for promoting healthy initiatives like community gardening and the Let’s Move! program, and even for their own healthy habits. Their daily workouts have even led some to call Barack and Michelle Obama “the fittest first couple” in American history.

But a string of recent photo ops featuring the President eating cheeseburgers, hot dogs and other fatty fare may be putting that reputation in jeopardy.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) plans to file a petition later this week asking the White House to issue an executive order “banning staged official photo ops that depict the president, the first family, the vice president, and members of the president’s cabinet with unhealthful foods including processed meats that can cause cancer and obesity.”

PCRM believes the President has a real influence on the buying and eating habits of American consumers, and that this influence should be use to send positive, healthy messages.

Dr. Susan Levin, PCRM’s director of nutrition was quoted: “The White House would never set up a photo op of a president with a cigarette, so why show him eating foods that cause cancer? Hot dogs, hamburgers, and other unhealthful foods kill more Americans each year than tobacco, and they cost taxpayers billions of dollars in health care. The president can eat what he likes in private, but at orchestrated public events, our leaders are role models.”

Do you agree with Dr. Levin’s statement? Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

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3 comments on “PCRM Wants President Obama to Avoid Photo Ops With Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs”

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Megan Rose
6 Years Ago

Here's the thing.. I love the work that Michelle Obama is doing, with her Let's Move initiative and everything.. and I feel like Barack should 100 percent support her. So, he definitely shouldn't be caught up in photo ops involving super unhealthy foods, but it shouldn't necessarily be BANNED. There is a time to splurge every once in a while.. but I do think that my favorite thing about the Obamas is the fact that they do promote healthful living and eating. So I think he should definitely be mindful of his photo ops.

6 Years Ago

For me the main issue is not the president promoting poor nutritional lifestyle choices, but rather promoting an eating culture that is fueling our planet's current ecological crisis. After all, the meat industry accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than the world's entire transportation industry! (see http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xqcfip_freakonomics-does-eating-local-hurt-the-environment_lifestyle especially section starting at 1:40). If the president were really serious about reducing harmful greenhouse gases, he would model eating habits that include only a bare minimum of meat and dairy - or better yet, none at all.

14 May 2012

Well said ny sentiment exactly!

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