"President Barack Obama"As a father, you understand the incredible importance of keeping your family healthy, happy, lean and long-lived as easily and inexpensively as possible. As the president of our country, you understand the importance of educating U.S. citizens about how to do the same.

My concern then is, as the most prominent role model in the land, why do you smoke cigarettes? Why do you eat so many fatty foods, as physicians have publicly noted? Why are there so many campaign tour photos of you eating unhealthy foods? At the same time, your wife is campaigning to end childhood obesity. Doesn’t this send a mixed message to most everyone in America? This at a time when America’s disease, obesity and health insurance rates are skyrocketing, with no end in sight?

Why does America spend only 4% percent of its health-care budget on prevention and education yet over 75 percent on disease treatment? Is the goal to make Americans authentically healthy, or to make a few industries wealthier? These are questions my own children have asked me around the dinner table, so now I’m asking you Mr. President.

From all the research I just completed, I now know that Americans aren’t getting fatter and sicker because they’re lazy; they’re getting fatter and sicker because of the steady stream of misinformation that is fed to them and that defies common sense. They’re confused about the true biological causes of poor health and disease. You can understand then why, to the American public, it almost appears that governmental health policies are designed to cultivate disease and illness, purely for profit, rather than to authentically protect the health of American citizens.

The signs are everywhere. A recent example is the fact that food manufacturers don’t have to label GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods in America, when other countries do. Why? People certainly deserve to know what’s in their food! A country as a whole is only as strong as the health of its individuals.

As a concerned father, I wanted to ask you these questions. Because, when I give my children a kiss or a hug or tell them I love them each day, I want only the best for them. As a father, I know you want the same for your own children. And, every other parent in our country wants the same for their own children. What does the future hold for our children if America doesn’t change its ways right now and do what it needs to do to end its disease and obesity epidemics?

As a concerned American citizen, I know that you have the power to make America healthier, leaner, fitter and stronger. You can also choose to do nothing and give into the various lobbying interests purely for their profit and political purposes, while the citizens of our country continue to get sicker, fatter and weaker, thereby making America even less competitive in the world.

The long and short of it is, Mr. President, the choice really is yours. You are the ultimate role model for America. The buck starts and stops with you.

Whoever becomes the next President in the upcoming election, I wonder what the parents on their staff and throughout all the other influential government offices would wish for their own children’s future: profit or health? Frankly, it really is easy to have both if America’s health-care system were to be redesigned properly and if all Americans were taught to give their bodies what they need biologically in the first place to prevent disease and illness. Providing everyone with health insurance is a noble proposition but it does nothing to prevent or end even a single disease state.

Wouldn’t it be great to be remembered as the president who solved America’s health and obesity problems, and made America the longest-lived country in the world with among the lowest healthcare costs?

The choice is yours.

About Gordon Filepas Gordon Filepas spent 20 years researching Lean And Healthy To 100, (www.adviceformychildren.com ), interviewing physicians, attending seminars, and reading medical journals and other health-related literature. He is the founder of TGM Partners, a consulting and investment firm. Filepas says he was motivated to learn more about the specific requirements for optimal health following the deaths of his father and brother from cancer within three years of each other. He hopes to ensure the good health of his family, including his wife of 25 years and three sons.

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