I know that's a long title but I couldn't think of a better way to summarize the representative's comments. Today Huffington Post featured a story about Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner who criticized the First Lady on her healthy living campaign. Interestingly, enough, Jim Sensenbrenner is noticeably overweight.
(I refuse to post a picture with a side or back view as the post did.....here's one of here I love)
What does healthy look like? Mrs. Obama consistently practices what she preaches - eating in moderation and staying active. She also looks very fit - toned arms and all.
It never ceases to amaze how misguided people can be about what healthy and fit really looks like or what healthy and fit eats and works out like. Healthy does not necessarily equate a Sports Illustrated Cover although Rush Limbaugh seems to think it does. Healthy eating does not mean that all foods that aren't fruits and vegetables are excluded. Staying active doesn't mean a killer 3 hour workout routine 6 days a week.
Further complicate this with a lack of understanding of the genetic factors and traits of race/ethnicity and the confusion continues.
Several years ago there was a study which was released that indicated that a healthy BMI could be one to two points higher for African American women (5 to 10 pounds) ---I swore I blogged about it but I can't find that post....Maybe I just sent an email instead...but, I digress. Earlier this year there was a study released that for African American women a healthy waist line could be a few inches more.