Michelle Obama’s Anti-Obesity Campaign Kills (Not Really)

As soon as I saw this story, I broke out laughing.  I won’t say anything more, just read this excerpt from a Daily Caller story:

Pedestrian deaths increased sharply during the first half of 2010, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The reason may be First Lady Michelle Obama and her “Let’s Move” campaign.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner, GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha said that while there are not yet definitive answers as to why there were more pedestrian deaths in 2010 than 2009, Obama’s “get moving” movement could be at least partially to blame.

“There’s an emphasis these days to getting fit, and I think people doing that are more exposed to risk [of getting hit by a vehicle],” Harsha told the Examiner. “Obviously, further study is needed.”

Harsha also said electronic devices such as cell phones and iPods could have contributed to the higher death rate.

Obama’s “get moving” push is an effort to reduce childhood obesity rates. The movement went into overdrive early last year when President Obama created the White House task force on childhood obesity.

It isn’t really Mrs. Obama’s fault, but I get a good laugh whenever liberal social policies have negative unintended consequences. In this case, though, Mrs. Obama’s actions have NOTHING to do with the increase in fatalities, but the story still gives me a chuckle in part because the DC is basically bashing Mrs. Obama for something she had nothing to do with.
UPDATE:  The uptick, as Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher points out, is just 0.4%, or 7 additional fatalities.  Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey also blogged in defense of Michelle Obama.


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