On the surface, it sounds like a good idea for the first lady to share her own experience with her two daughters when trying to focus other parents in America to make it a priority to prevent childhood obesity. But her comments sparked controversy from those who think she might be setting her daughters up for body image issues by telling the nation about their struggles with weight and unhealthy eating.
First lady Michelle Obama starts Let’s Move campaign against childhood obesity
Tuesday afternoon, February 9, 2010, Ms Obama set forth her vision for leading the nation on the path to better health for its children. Her program is called Let’s Move and it aims to get parents and the community involved in fighting the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. The major strategies Ms. Obama outlined have four components:
- To improve school nutrition and physical education classes and activities
- To encourage physical activity in youth and make sure community planning involves things that promote activity
- To make healthy food more available to the poor and to everyone
- To improve nutrition information on food packaging, making it more understandable to consumers
Michelle Obama told of struggles keeping Sasha and Malia fit and healthy
Controversey over Ms. Obama’s remarks about Sasha and Malia has slightly tarnished the important message she’s trying to get across. The comments came last week in Virginia when the first lady was talking about her upcoming launch of the Lets Move campaign. She mentioned that her daughter’s pediatrician in Chicago a few years ago had been concerned about the girls’ BMI measurements and encouraged Ms. Obama to take action to help them eat healthier and become more physically active.
Critics have voiced concerns that these public comments might have a negative effect on the girls or might open them up to public criticism over their weight by unscrupulous media personalities.
With 25 million children in the U.S. now obese or overweight according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Ms. Obama’s message is an urgent one that shouldn’t be overshadowed by controversy over her earlier comments.
You can view excerpts from an interview with the first lady about her campaign at USA Today’s website.
For more information about childhood obesity and healthy eating for kids, check out these articles:
Study finds three simple ways to prevent childhood obesity
Parents cut kids calories when given nutrition info on fast food
Helping kids eat healthier
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