A Fox News contributor said First Lady Michelle Obama is in no position to offer diet advice because she's overweight and could afford to lose a few pounds.
Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and member of Fox's "Medical A-Team," made the comment Aug. 12 on the Fox News program "Outnumbered" while discussing Obama's "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign (see video).
Ablow said there's no way Michelle is eating well all the time, based on his assessment of her body. "How well could she be eating? She needs to drop a few," said Ablow. "Who am I taking nutrition advice from? Let's be honest, like there's no French fries [there]? That's all kale and carrots? I don't buy it."
However, Ablow said he would take diet advice from President Barack Obama, because he is fit. "Her husband, I want some nutrition advice from Barack," said Ablow.
Despite Ablow's comments, Michelle Obama is considered one of the fittest first ladies ever to grace the White House. Obama, 50, is a longtime fitness fanatic who works out at dawn every morning with her husband.
Works Out at Dawn Every Morning
Since turning 50, Mrs. Obama has adjusted her workout routine to incorporate more yoga and less intense cardio and weight-training.
"I'm seeing myself shift from weight-bearing stuff — even though that continues to be important — and the heavy cardio and running, to things like yoga that will keep me flexible, so I'm not falling and breaking a hip one day," she told People. "I don't obsess about what I eat, but I do make sure that I'm eating vegetables and fruit."
The First Lady launched the "Let's Move" campaign in 2010. The program is devoted to stemming the alarming epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. As part of the initiative, Michelle encourages kids to eat healthier foods and to exercise daily.
In 2013, the "Let's Move" campaign was cited as a factor in helping reduce childhood obesity in 19 U.S. states. While she has been widely praised for her anti-obesity efforts, Mrs. Obama has also come under fire by some people, including former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who slammed "Let's Move" as an example of government intrusion.
"Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on," said Palin. "What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat. Just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions."
The First Lady said this interpretation is a gross misunderstanding of the anti-obesity message she's trying to spread. Michelle said she and President Obama work out every and follow a healthy diet because health and fitness are critical to getting their jobs done well and being happy. "Barack and I work out every day," she said. "When he isn’t traveling, that's the first thing we do."