I have just taken another look at the Obama’s Christmas present to the nation — the nutrition bill and I do not find it to my taste.

Mrs. Obama cited a group of former generals and military officials who have said unhealthy school lunches are a national security threat because weight problems are now the leading medical reason that recruits are rejected.

Sorry, but this seems a little over the top, in an era when suicide bombers prowl the streets of major cities and entire nations must be on constant security alert.

For those who don’t know, Tater Tots are little deep-fried nuggets of grated potato. Kids love them, and they have been a staple in many school cafeterias. But perhaps not for much longer, thanks to President Obama’s new nutrition bill.

Thousands more children would eat lunches and dinners at school and all school food would become more nutritious under a bill President Barack Obama signed into law Monday, part of an administration-wide effort to combat childhood obesity.

Well and good, but it’s my contention that if Johnny does not get his crunchy, greasy fix at school, he will find a way afterwards, perhaps at McDonald’s. And frankly, that’s not a problem, as long as it i’s an occasional treat, and not a way of life. But it is primarily Mom’s and Dad’s responsibility to teach their children how to make healthy choices.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: government programs are fine, perhaps even laudable (if you don’t mind your tax dollars funding the usurping of your personal responsibilities and limiting your consumer choices), but unless and until parents themselves take responsibility for their own and their children’s health, no number of bills will solve the “epidemic” of obesity.

I am deeply sorry, but Tater Tots are not the problem—they are actually very tasty, when eaten in moderation—and government initiatives are not the solution. It is primarily about self-control (which can be taught to children, incredibly enough), but first their parents (or principal caregivers) must be able to practice and model it.

Ay, there’s the rub (or the ketchup, as the case may be). “Self-control” and exercising parental responsibility do not seem to be popular messages these days. Far better for the government to micro-regulate every aspect of our existence.

Mariette Ulrich is a homemaker and freelance writer. She lives in western Canada with her husband and six of their seven children. Mariette holds an Honours B.A. in English Literature...