Michelle Obama, things are getting a bit ridiculous. I understand where she’s coming from, but I really think people need to have the choice to be as unhealthy as they want.
Our first lady has teamed up with Mars candy (who own Snickers, Twix, etc) in order to ditch King Size candy bars (which can be over 500 calories in some instances) and make it so that by the end of 2013 there will be no more King Size candy bars, specifically no candy bars over 250 calories.
According to the Digital Journal:
“Currently the company sells king-size varieties of its chocolate products which can pack, such as in the case of Snickers, 510 calories per package. While Mars labels the candy as having three servings, many consider a package as a serving, no matter the size. In comparison, a regular size Snickers package has 280 calories.
Mars had previously said this move is a health and nutrition effort in awareness of obesity and related issues. “Mars has a broad-based commitment to health and nutrition, and this includes a number of global initiatives,” the company said in a statement.”
Business Insider reports:
“Mars, the company behind Snickers, Twix, and M&Ms, has announced that it will be discontinuing its king-size candy bars (and any other treat that exceeds 250 calories) by 2013.
The move comes at the behest of First Lady Michelle Obama. Mars is one of 16 companies in the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation who have pledged to eliminate 1.5 trillion calories by 2015, an initiative spearheaded by FLOTUS.”
This seems a bit ridiculous, but we will see how it all plays out. I understand that obesity is an issue in the United States, but people need to be in control of their own eating habits and not need to rely on the government to tell them how to eat and what to eat.