Michelle Obama - Portrait of an Orthorexic

You know, I am getting tired of Michelle Obama and her various condescending Wars on Food. From humiliating her daughter by talking publicly about concerns over her weight to her misguided crusade to impose her stringent dietary restrictions and preference in body shape on others, Michelle Obama is not “borderline” but has charged boldly across the line of absolute and utter Obsession. Now she is waging her personal war on the evils of table salt. Who the hell gave this woman the authority to tell everyone else that WE should stop eating “fast food” and that for US “dessert is not a right” when every time I turn around I see yet another picture of her and her family stuffing their faces with hamburgers and freaking ICE CREAM!!!

She has expressed many times her utter loathing of “fast food”, lecturing us on how fattening it is… Yet, in an interview:

When asked about the President’s penchant for unhealthy fast food, Mrs. Obama was quick to put that myth to rest. “I love it more than he does,” she says. But, the Let’s Move campaign is “not about saying no to ice cream and french fries.” Having a piece of cake at a birthday party is fine, she says, as long as the majority of a day’s intake is healthy.

“… a day’s intake“?…………… Have you ever bothered to grab a calculator and add up the potential calorie count of what this woman eats in ONE MEAL? Remember The Obama’s first White House State Dinner? I do. As I said, I love to cook. I am a Food Network Junkie and “date night” for me and my man often consists of cooking a gourmet meal right in our own kitchen… so we are both quite aware of the calories involved in such meals. Did you ever get a gander at the menu of that State Dinner?

Allow me…

Here is what the White House kitchen staff, led by Cristeta Comerford, whom Obama kept on as head chef from the Bush staff, served for the National Governors Association:

Chesapeake Crab Agnolottis with Roasted Sunchokes (Wine pairing: Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc 2007 — California)

Wagyu Beef and Nantucket Scallops with Glazed Red Carrots, Portobello Mushroom and Creamed Spinach (Wine pairing: Archery Summit Pinot Noir “Estate” 2004 — Oregon)

Winter Citrus Salad with Pistachios and Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

Huckleberry Cobbler with Caramel Ice Cream (Wine pairing: Black Star Farms “A Capella” Riesling Ice Wine 2007 — Michigan)

Let’s break that down in calories, shall we?

Chesapeake Crab Agnolottis with Roasted Sunchokes was difficult to find but, being somewhat of a chef myself, it wasn’t too difficult to find a “reasonable facsimile” of what they ate. I know “Agnolottis” is just a fancy word for “pasta” so… let’s just assume that the 430 calorie recipe I found by BumbleBee (rather than one prepared at, say… a gourmet French Restaurant) is a conservative number. Now, adding the Sunchokes (the edible tuber of a Sunflower grown in North America) we go at least another 160 calories. Add one glass of
Sauvignon Blanc = another 119 calories

Now, moving on to the Main Course:

Scallops = A serving of a VERY BASIC recipe (roasted with garlic, butter and lemon juice) is about 273 calories
Wagyu Beef330 calories and that is with the highly unlikely and extremely conservative assumption that she stuck to a 4 ounce serving.
Portobello Mushrooms (1)  = 22 calories + 280 calories in  creamed spinach 302 total calories 
Glazed Carrots (serving size 1/2 cup) – 75 calories
1 glass of Pinot Noir 121 calories
Winter Citrus Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette = Approximately 240 calories

And then there was dessert (which is, as we know) “not a right”) :

Huckleberry Cobbler = Approximately 385 calories
Caramel Ice Cream = Approximately 250 calories

A year ago, Clifford Bryan of examner.com wrote his own take on the Obama’s first State Dinner menu. He explained that, aside from being the most expensive steak in the world ($300-$500 per slice) it is the fattiest piece of steak in the world, and the fat is unsaturated . Wagyu is one of the only serious competitors of foie gras for richness and caloric content. In other words, while eating this “melts in your mouth” steak, you will gain weight and have blocked arteries .

clifford  Not that bad a trade off unless you are the first lady of the United States .

Conclusion: I found at least four  sights like Wooden Spears  listing Michelle Obama at 137 back in February which I find almost impossible to believe just based on the First ladies height . I would guess from looking at these pictures that Michelle Obama is tipping the scales at around 178-183 pounds .  A good weight for her would be around 169.


Regarding the menu, when they dined at The Sweet Life Cafe’ during their recent (additional) vacation to Martha’s Vineyard:

No word on what the first couple ate.

Though the menu portion of the website was down at press time, the pool reports that entrees cost up to $42.

Later, we discover that:

The President enjoyed beef tenderloin and short ribs while Mrs. Obama opted for the beef tenderloin and a lobster tail. The group shared four desserts including a creme brulee.

While dining at the State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury, (owner) Mary Kenworth declined to reveal what Barack and Michelle ordered for entrees but did share that their table “shared an appetizer of lobster tempura served with island corn succotash and a lemon vinaigrette sauce”.

Still, in spite of my lack of patience with this woman, I am beginning to feel deeply sorry for her.. and concerned. Even her husband, the president, fears her when it comes to his own food intake.

Back in March, just days after a physical revealed his elevated cholesterol level, President Obama was about to dine at Savannah’s landmark Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room, felt compelled to address the many reporters:

“I don’t want any lectures about my cholesterol. Don’t tell Michelle.”

In fact, Barack was so intimidated by what Michelle would do if she found out what he was eating (outside of her control and approval)… he refused to order until after the reporters were ushered out of the restaurant.

This is disturbing. Something is dreadfully wrong here… seriously and dangerously wrong. In nut-shell, Michelle Obama’s public fixation with healthy eating (while personally bingeing in private) can only be defined as a sign of serious psychological disorder.

It’s called, Orthorexia Nervosa.

The condition was named by a Californian doctor, Steven Bratman, in 1997, and is described as a “fixation on righteous eating”. Until a few years ago, there were so few sufferers that doctors usually included them under the catch-all label of “Ednos” – eating disorders not otherwise recognized. Now, experts say, orthorexics take up such a significant proportion of the Ednos group that they should be treated separately.

“I am definitely seeing significantly more orthorexics than just a few years ago,” said Ursula Philpot, chair of the British Dietetic Association’s mental health group. “Other eating disorders focus on quantity of food but orthorexics can be overweight or look normal. They are solely concerned with the quality of the food they put in their bodies, refining and restricting their diets according to their personal understanding of which foods are truly ‘pure’.”

Orthorexics commonly have very rigid rules about eating and the obsession about which foods are “good” and which are “bad” means orthorexics can end up malnourished. Their intense dietary restrictions cause them to feel proud of their “virtuous” behavior, they see themselves as better than everyone else, even though the concept of eating itself becomes so stressful that their personal relationships suffer and they develop feelings social isolation. I suppose this explains Michelle Obama’s interesting response regarding her feelings of being First Lady.

‘Don’t ask! It’s hell. I can’t stand it!’

Michelle Obama is no doubt utterly obsessed with Food and Body Image. She can’t stop TALKING about food and her fears of fat, and while she likes to talk about the virtues of healthy eating in public, behind those proverbial “closed doors”, this woman does some major, high-caloric pigging out!

In an article by Amelia Hill in the UK Guardian:

“Those most susceptible are middle-class, well-educated people who read about food scares in the papers, research them on the internet, and have the time and money to source what they believe to be purer alternatives.”

Deanne Jade, founder of the National Centre for Eating Disorders, said: “There is a fine line between people who think they are taking care of themselves by manipulating their diet and those who have orthorexia.

Preoccupation or obsession with food intake, body weight, and self-image is a form of addiction, often referred to as a “casual addiction” that occurs due to a person’s excessive passion over food.

Food addicts often try to keep what they eat a secret because they believe that they can eliminate the guilt attached to what they consume as long as no one sees what they eat. 

Bingeing. Uncontrolled indulgence usually happens after a food addict decides to go on a diet. After a day or two of cutting back, they will not only eat again but eat more than they used to.

Have you noticed Michele has been gaining weight since she started her War on Food? I have… and  am not the only one! A caller to Rush Limbaugh made commentary about being fed (excuse the pun) up with Michelle’s sanctimonious preaching about healthy eating while gaining weight herself.  Another caller followed later who agreed!

Remember back when all you heard about was “the secret” behind Michelle’s “inspirational” arms and how you too could get some? Personally, I think it was all a callaborative effort between Michelle and the liberal media to keep us from looking lower!

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Never mind that on November 11, 2008, Online Casino Sphere announced the latest on-line betting craze:

Michelle Obama, Bet on How Fat She’ll Get in the White House


I am tired of hearing about this woman and her efforts to impose the mental anguish caused by her food obsession/eating disorder on the rest of the world. At this point I am convinced she needs to stop distracting us AND herself by lecturing others on the quantity and quality of their food intake and seek some serious professional help.

Oh, and just for giggles?

Total (approximate) Calorie intake for Michelle at the State Dinner = 2,246 calories

Total = 1,514