Rush Limbaugh’s Comments About the First Lady’s Waistline are Out of Line

Screenshot of First Lady, Obama's Let's Move campaign website
Let's Move is the First Lady's Campaign Aimed at Improving Childhood Obesity Rates in the U.S.

I’m not sure how to comment on recent remarks made by radio host, Rush Limbaugh about Michelle Obama. He actually poked fun of the first lady’s waistline earlier this week and it really hit a nerve with me, but once I thought it through, I realized he has a point: She isn’t perfect. However, a healthy lifestyle isn’t about being perfect.

Rush Limbaugh comments:

The problem is — and dare I say this — it doesn’t look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice. And then we hear that she’s out eating ribs at 1,500 calories a serving with 141 grams of fat per serving, yeah it does — what do you mean, what do I mean?

What is it – no, I’m trying to say that our First Lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, or of a woman [professional baseball player] Alex Rodriguez might date every six months or what have you. I mean, women are under constant pressure to look lithe, and Michelle My Belle is out there saying if you eat the roots and tree bark and the berries and all this cardboard stuff you will live longer, be healthier and you won’t be obese. Okay, fine, show us. Continue reading on Yahoo! News.

I can understand why Rush made these remarks: he hears Michelle speak about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle with her Let’s Move campaign, yet feels that she isn’t practicing what she preaches. But when I hear Rush speak, he simply shows me that he doesn’t really get it.

Do You Equate Being Healthy With Being Perfect?

Personally, I feel Michelle has made some outstanding strides in the past year, with amazing efforts to improve the food industry; pushing to lower sodium, fat, and sugar in many food items and focusing on items consumed by our nation’s youth.

She has also raised obesity awareness to a new level, allowing all Americans to understand the seriousness of our obesity issues and its long-term effect on this country. Does this mean that she isn’t allowed to enjoy a meal of ribs once in a while? I don’t think so.

She practices a healthy lifestyle, yet have you ever heard her claim that she is perfect? She’s not, and I believe she would be the first to admit that.

I’m not perfect either, but I live a healthy lifestyle… now. Sadly, I was once a statistic in our nation’s obesity epidemic. At 300 pounds, I was categorized not only as obese, but morbidly obese. When I decided that I must lose my excess weight in order to live, I decided to live a healthy lifestyle.

Perfection was not anything I expected from myself. If I wanted a piece of cake and ice cream at my child’s birthday party, I would have some. Sure, my portion sizes were smaller than they were when I wasn’t focusing on my health in previous years, but I suppose that Rush would poke fun at me too for indulging in something like that. But you know what? I still lost my excess weight and I’ve kept the 162 pounds off for almost 10 years now.

Even if she consumes a high-calorie meal on occasion, Michelle is still practicing what she preaches and so do I. We both exercise, we eat healthy and we don’t claim to be perfect. I enjoy fast food now and then, I’m sure she does, too. But, our good health is still very important to us.

Rush, find someone else to pick on — maybe some random school athletic coach who occasionally drops the ball while focusing on leading his team to a future victory. Hey, they aren’t perfect either but they’re trying – give them credit for that!

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