Editorial: Battling the bulge

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 4, 2011

Battling the bulge
Two well-known Republicans have thrown their weight behind First Lady Michelle Obamaís ěLetís Moveî campaign to reduce childhood obesity.
Recently, some prominent conservatives, including Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin, criticized the White House efforts as another sign of government overreaching into personal lives. But former (and perhaps future) presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have endorsed the campaign in separate appearances, noting that obesity is a serious health issue with high economic costs for the nation.
Huckabee went further, tying obesity to the number of young people who canít pass a physical to join the military. ěItís becoming an issue of national security,î he asserted.
When a nationís too fat to fight ó or even undergo basic training ó youíve definitely got a problem.