As Western Journalism has previously chronicled, there is ample anecdotal evidence to suggest the federal nutrition regulations implemented in public school districts across the nation have been poorly received by students and administrators alike. Complaints of unpalatable meals and skyrocketing costs have forced many schools to opt-out of the program, despite the risk of losing the much-needed federal funding attached to it.
Along with touting her “Let’s Move” initiative aimed at reducing childhood obesity, Michelle Obama has been a vocal supporter of the largely unpopular lunchroom restrictions.
— Tyler Clements (@TylerClements6) April 3, 2014
While there has been some good news reported from within the Obama administration, recently published emails indicate even those sporadic reports were intentionally misleading.
The Daily Caller seized on the information it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, particularly one online correspondence regarding a questionable interpretation of a 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association study.
According to its findings, the obesity rate in America has largely remained constant overall during the past decade, with some increases among elderly women and decreases among preschoolers. JAMA cautioned consumers of the report that the results are still under investigation and should not be considered final.
The White House, in what The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross called an “effort to lend credence to Michelle’s pet childhood obesity project,” reportedly emailed both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services with a direct request.
Instead of presenting an honest interpretation of the JAMA study, the Obama White House reportedly encouraged two federal agencies to ignore unfavorable aspects of the report while sharing only the positive news regarding kids younger than 5 years old.
h/t: Daily Caller
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BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.