Michelle Obama Slammed for Telling Us to 'Drink More Water'

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michelle obamaYou can almost guarantee that if President Obama or First Lady Michelle Obama endorse something, anything, whether it's a new sweeping reform that will affect every last American household OR a certain dog breed (say, Portuguese water dogs, like Bo and Sunny!), there's going to be SOMEONE out there who has a problem with it. Just because it came from the POTUS and FLOTUS. For the most recent example, look no further than a new program by Michelle's Partnership for a Healthier America to encourage people to drink more water for its health/energy benefits. ZOMG, how controversial!

Yes, somehow that has been the reaction to Mrs. Obama's water campaign from experts, who claim the White House is "overselling the benefits of water." Give me a break.

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The biggest problem I see with Michelle's push to drink up isn't that it's a waste of time or bizarre. It's a perfectly legitimate aim. We all know -- or should! -- to drink more water, especially in lieu of sugary, empty-calorie-laden drinks. The problem is that it's not controversial ENOUGH! Here, 7 much more controversial health issues that I could actually see being squawked about ... but also deserve to be discussed in a bigger way:

  1. Medical marijuana. Despite some progress in this department in recent years and research that keeps coming out, and CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta saying he "changed his mind on weed," there are still states that are doing their darndest to keep medical marijuana from patients could benefit from it much more than toxic pharmaceuticals. Speaking of which ...
  2. How we (over-)medicate. We and New Zealand are the only two western countries that allow direct-to-consumer marketing of pharmaceutical drugs. Why? Is it really okay that people walk into their doctors' offices requesting this anxiety med or that narcotic?
  3. Environmental toxins. Various experts love to belittle or blow off the idea that parabens, phthalates, BPA, etc. are screwing with our hormones and causing disease and illness. It would be awesome if the FLOTUS would push the FDA to come clean and be real with us about all of it.
  4. GMOs. Another one that seems to be a big controversy but could use a push for stronger science.
  5. Cancer. Are research dollars really going where we believe and would hope they are?
  6. Light drinking while pregnant. Controversial? Oh, hell yes! But is this really something women need to be worried about? Maybe we ought to do more research and have real, evidence-based debate about it instead of continuing to treat it as a total no questions asked no-no.
  7. The war on women. A woman's right to choose and have access to cancer screenings and birth control should NOT be up for debate. The year is 2013, not 1320.

I don't know about you, but these are all health problems/setbacks/challenges our country is facing that seem to have much higher stakes than the First Lady recommending that we "drink more water." 

What do you think about the FLOTUS' new campaign? What are some other health issues you think are actually deserve to be labeled "controversial"?

 

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nonmember avatar Suni

It annoys me because we are not children and she isn't our nanny.

adamat34 adamat34

People really need something better to do than bitch about this. Its water.........its not a big deal. Shes not telling everyone to smear peanut butter on ourselves and run naked for our health......let it go...

Rando... Randomlady

she isn't banning all soft drinks or other things that aren't water yet so we shouldn't even be batting an eyelash at this. Though, I think we should all be a bit more concerned at how badly her husband is itching to destroy America as we know it.

hello... hellokd87

As much as I support the FLOTUS & POTUS they're wasting their time, it's just falling on deaf ears. As @Suni demonstrated for me, most Americans are childish and ignorant with the mentality that they know better than our country's leaders who feel the need to "prove" this by posting their opinions on the internet like it really matters on a national scale.

Brain... BrainyMommy

Americans are stupid. They deserve the host of diseases they get from their poor diet.

abra819 abra819

^^ you saying little children deserve the host of diseases they get?

Elaine Cox

yes..hellokd...we see who the childish and ignorant one is....so just follow those national leaders and dont try to think for yourself..for they know more than you...see you in syria

Todd Vrancic

She is saying that it would be healthier to drink water.  An opinion.  If George Clooney or Clint Eastwood said the same thing, it wouldn't be "controversial."

bills... billsfan1104

Todd, I think that is because The FLOTUS holds a little more power than the movie stars.

She has helped start the new guideline for the new school lunch program.

She also along withy he movie stars, has the attitude "do as I say, not as I do"

Dawn Croucher

Drink more water or they'll bomb you with their drones

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