Appearing for photo opportunities is part of the job of being the president, but a group of activists has asked President Obama to more carefully consider the food he eats when the cameras are snapping. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine requested that Obama consume healthier food than typical photo-op fare, which usually involves items such as hamburgers, hot dogs, and ice cream, as a way to set a better example for the nation’s population and to combat the obesity epidemic. PCRM’s petition asks, “In light of the continuing high rates of cancer and the worsening obesity epidemic, there is no justification for encouraging Americans to eat foods that will harm them and their children. Instead, photo ops that include food should portray government officials consuming healthfully.”
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