This Is Why You’re Fat: The Mitt Romney Edition

Is Mitt Romney making us fat?

It’s well known that to be a presidential candidate you need to be trim and full of vigor. Think of all the talk about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s weight when he was being encouraged to run last year.

Regardless of party affiliation, a candidate needs to be in shape to handle the stresses of the campaign trail.  President Obama stays fit through regular basketball games and Mitt Romney jogs three miles a day, no matter his schedule. But what do you do if your politician of choice is contributing to making you fat?

Romney made his millions through venture capital and among the investments his company, Bain Capital, made?  Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin Donuts, and Outback Steakhouse.   None of these chains are known for whittling your waist, but they’re all very well known as powerhouse ways to make a great financial return.

This got me thinking … I live in Massachusetts and I remember Romney first as the guy who ran the Salt Lake City Olympics and then as my governor.  He and his family were always trim and looked healthy and athletic.  Yet, he has no problems investing in companies that arguably contribute to the American obesity epidemic.

I do understand the difference between making a financial decision to increase profits and a personal decision to live a healthy life, but his financial decisions do impact the rest of us.  We have no problems scarfing down two-thousand calorie meals at any of these restaurants.

It got me thinking: how would this possibly affect the Medicaid and Medicare budgets? Is Romney going to encourage the USDA to promote healthier school lunches like the Obama administration is doing? Did Bain Capital ever do an assessment of introducing healthy foods to its chains to see if people would buy them?  I bet they did and I bet they decided it wasn’t worth it.  They could make better returns with hamburgers filled with pink slime instead.  But that’s just a guess on my part.

We’re moving towards the general election now that Romney is all but the nominee to run against Obama.  I hope someone during the debate cycle asks the question of how Mr. Romney reconciles his own personal value of health with what his companies’ investments are doing to the American obesity problem.

The state of our country’s health is one of the biggest problems we face.  Should obesity become a voter issue for 2012?  What do you think?

Cheers,

Lisa

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About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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6 Responses to This Is Why You’re Fat: The Mitt Romney Edition

  1. Marshall April 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    The USDA promoting healthier school lunches??? Go back and read Part 4 of The Smarter Science of Slim. Also, Google “USDA pink slime school lunches”.

    As for voting, I plan to vote for Gary Johnson (if he gets the Libertarian nomination), an Everest-climbing multiple IronMan.

  2. Matt B April 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    LIKE button! Thanks for the post Lisa. Definitely didn’t know his venture capital company invested in those franchises. Will definitely do more research on that before the election. It would be disappointing if our country’s leader promoted individual health with his own family but failed to do so in his investment history and plans for economic policy.

  3. Lisa Johnson April 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Marshall, trust me I know the USDA has done a miserable job with school lunches and yes, pink slime (the only major purchaser of pink slime at the moment, all the fast food chains already dumped it).

    But at least Michelle Obama is trying to nudge the USDA in the right direction … would Romney try at all? I’m actually asking that as a sincere question … would he? I don’t know. Financially, he’s not incented to.

  4. Marshall April 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    While Michelle Obama gets points for effort, as long as she keeps promoting the conventional wisdom, she may be doing more harm than good.

    Then again, I haven’t paid all that much attention to what she has been doing, so maybe I’m judging her too harshly.

    Of course, if Gary Johnson wins, nothing prevents her from using her status as former First Lady to keep on trying! ;-)

  5. Hilary June 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Interesting points. I didn’t know this about his investment history and it’s interesting to think about it not just in monetary terms but in the terms of our nations health. I do think that the issue of promoting healthy eating habits is something that should be a political issue that is more talked about. I know that Michelle Obama is doing her part to encourage better eating habits but it needs more attention in the campaign, but that probably won’t happen.

  6. Lisa Johnson July 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Hilary agreed on all points. And while Michelle might be for healthier living, her husband thought it was find to skip the passage of labeling GMOs in our food so … not sure who’s the “Greener” Presidential candidate. L–

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