We look up to the president and tend to see the leader of the free world as a role model. So should our role models be featured in ads that promote decisions that are toxic to our health? It's probably not a good idea.
If the president were featured in photos smoking cigarettes, most people would be appalled. How should diet be any different, especially when the item being promoted is as toxic to one's health as smoking cigarettes?
Since taking office, President Obama has been photographed in many different situations where he has been seen chowing down on unhealthy foods such as hot dogs, hoagies, and cheeseburgers. Obama is not the first president to blame, however, considering George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have also been guilty of posing for photo ops with unhealthy food choices in hand while they were in office. (Thankfully, Clinton has taken the smart route to improve his health and he is now vegan!)
Vegetarian or not, I think it's safe to say that ads featuring our president eating hot dogs, hamburgers, or other processed meats are not the best choices for America. Wouldn't it be wiser if these photo ops featured Obama eating healthy and beneficial foods rather than those that are toxic?
To present America with a better message, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is asking everyone to sign a petition, which asks the White House to ban photo ops of the president and his following aids eating unhealthy junk foods that increase the risk of cancer, obesity and early mortaily rates.
What the president does behind closed doors is his own personal choice, but to promote better health and overall well-being for our country, better decisions should be made in front of the camera.
PCRM director of nutrition education, Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., explains this further. “The White House would never set up a photo op of a president with a cigarette, so why show him eating foods that cause cancer? Hot dogs, hamburgers, and other unhealthful foods kill more Americans each year than tobacco, and they cost taxpayers billions of dollars in health care," she said. "The president can eat what he likes in private, but at orchestrated public events, our leaders are role models."
Please sign the petition if you care about your health and also the health of others.