Activist mom and extreme health nut MeMe Roth has caused quite an uproar at her children’s school. Roth wants to ban all treats from schools. She wants to require permission slips before children are given any form of candy. Roth’s children have a plastic container in which they are to deposit all “junk” food given them at school. One particularly absurd incident occurred when Roth’s daughter tried to put a frozen juice pop into the container. The teacher told the child to eat it or loose it. This triggered a series of mean emails from Roth. It seems this lady lacks common sense. Doesn’t she realize that the frozen juice pop stuck in a Tupperware container would make a mess.
Roth is the founder of National Action Against Obesity and is militant in her crusade against fat. She claims that obesity is a communicable disease. Apparently, Roth has no boundaries in her campaign against fat people. She has openly stated that Jordan Sparks didn’t deserve to win American ideal because she was overweight. Somehow Sparks winning American Idol would cause the spread of obesity.
Apparently, Roth’s extreme behavior is a reaction to her own family. Both Roth’s mother and grandmother are overweight. Roth does have the right to raise her own children as she sees fit. She should be commended for trying to raise healthy children. However she does not have the right to make unreasonable demands upon those who disagree with her. In an incident Roth related on Good Morning America she destroyed an ice cream buffet at her local YMCA after they refused to remove it. Her reason was that it was unhealthy to have unlimited access to ice cream. This doesn’t justify vandalism. Further, attempting to force schools to eliminate all treats because she doesn’t want other parents infringing on her parental rights is hypocritical. If it were an issue of allergies that would endanger the lives of her children rather personal preference I could understand her attitude. Isn’t she infringing on the rights of parents?
Roth’s paranoia does not excuse the unkind comments made about Sparks and fat people in general. Roth is afraid of something she calls “second hand obesity”. According to her theory just by existing obese people pose a health threat for others. It is as if she believes those who are overweight are less than human and should be blamed for all that is wrong with our country. Yes, in many cases obesity is due to bad nutritional choices. That does not give Roth the right to make outlandish claims about the character of those with weight issues.
Apparently, Roth’s credentials are questionable. She claims to be a nutritional counselor but has no medical or nutritional background. Her degree was in journalism and public relations. It seems that she has some sort of certificate from an unaccredited “nutritional” group. Her group NAAO claims to be a non-profit volunteer network but is really a one woman crusade against her own personal demons. You can read more about Roth’s unfounded claims here. It is actually quite interesting and I would recommend taking the time to read it.
While Roth’s campaign against obesity is a good thing. She has some serious mental and food issues. She seems obsessed with weight and will attack anyone or anything she sees as a threat. Maybe her message would be better received if she would change her tactics a bit. Would it really hurt her cause if she refrained from personal attacks and profanity?