Meet MeMe Roth, a 40-year-old mother of two who lives in New York City and runs a group called National Action Against Obesity. MeMe calls herself an “anti-obesity activist,” but her insane actions and stunts reveal that she has more of an issue with food rather than obesity. Roth was recently profiled in the New York Times after she got into an altercation with her children’s public school, P.S. 9, after they dared to offer her children sweet treats on special occasions like Valentine’s Day and student birthdays. We know, it is utterly shocking to hear that children are sometimes given candy. Luckily, MeMe is on the case! And trust us, she is insanely dedicated to never letting her children form healthy ideas about food.
MeMe fought with the heads of P.S. 9 after a teacher gave her daughter (who is not named in the profile because, as NYT notes, “they have enough on, or off, their plates”) a juice pop during class. MeMe instructs her children to place all non-school lunch food that is given to them into a Tupperware called the “junk food collector.” (Why not just let the kids tell the teachers that they can’t have any non-school food?) When her daughter went to put the juice pop in her Tupperware, the teacher told her she had to eat it or lose it. This set MeMe off, and she complained to the school, who in turn told her that if she really had such an issue with the food given to her children by teachers she should request a “health and safety transfer” to another school. These requests are usually made after threats of violence and they require filing a complaint with the police. The Roths decided to not request a transfer because, as MeMe’s husband notes with absolutely no sense of irony: “What would that conversation even sound like? We know you guys are dealing with stabbings and shooting, but stop everything: We have a cupcake situation?”
Unsurprisingly, MeMe doesn’t have a great reputation among, well, anyone. A PTA member at her children’s previous school in New Jersey requested that the Roths consider moving after they waged war against the bagels and Pringles served to kids at lunch. The principal at P.S. 9 also called MeMe “hostile” and said that she came into his office, threw candy on the table and cursed. So adult! And all over … what, exactly? Occasional sweet snacks? Is one cupcake a month really going to cause diabetes and obesity in a child? We aren’t saying that proper nutrition isn’t a worthy cause, but the reality of the situation is that MeMe Roth is nothing more than an overreacting drama queen who is trying to mask her own insecurities about food and body image by referencing potential health risks. Seriously, the woman likens enjoying food to being raped and she only eats once a day because it “works for her.” Works for her to do what, exactly? Because developing an eating disorder isn’t our idea of a great plan to avoid potential health risks. If this woman actually cared about the health of her daughters and children then she wouldn’t be promoting unhealthy ideas about food where sweet things are seen as so bad that you have to wage a hostile war against them. Even “slow food” activist Michael Pollan lets his kid eat McDonald’s once in awhile!
MeMe Roth obviously has some serious psychological issues (in case you are wondering, yes, I am very comfortable in this armchair) and she has alienated most of the people in her community with her extremism. She’s been called the “Ann Coulter of the fat police” but she is more like the Osama bin Laden of nutrition. Our suggestion for MeMe? Eat a cupcake or shut up because a war against cupcakes is a war against people.