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First Lady Michelle Obama Tackles Childhood Obesity

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The nation's mayors are being asked by first lady Michelle Obama to join her campaign to reduce childhood obesity rates, which have tripled in the past 30 years.

About one in three American children is overweight and 17 percent are obese or dangerously overweight, according to the latest figures, the Associated Press reported.

"The statistics still never fail to take my breath away," Obama said in a speech Wednesday to a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. She noted that local leaders are among the first to notice what's happening to people in their communities.

Obama plans a major initiative to raise awareness about childhood obesity, with a formal rollout of her program planned for next month, the AP reported. The first lady said she'll seek help from educators, religious leaders, government, community and health centers, and businesses and nonprofit organizations.

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Childhood obesity is a problem that can be addressed partially by parents and schools, but also by reforms of agribusiness to make healthy food less expensive. The current American diet largely consists of corn and corn syrup, and lots of cheap meat. If healthy food were less expensive and more widely available, we'd all be a lot healthier and I guarantee rates of Type II diabetes and childhood obesity would drop dramatically. As it is, people can't justify spending more money on food (and the time it takes to prepare it) if they can get away with spending less and cooking at home less.

January 28, 2010 - 11:12am
EmpowHER Guest

If parents would limit video games, junk food and soda in the home, and stop hitting the drive thru fast food for kids meals because they don't want to cook, obesity would not be the problem that it is today. Don't knock her for trying to do something positive. I didn't vote for her husband either, but I'm not a hater, I am an encourager. I root for UF, but don't get upset and hate on Bama for winning. I root for them and am glad there is still a southern winning team. Do your children a favor and encourage outdoor play, or indoor activities. Research healthy recipes and try to make something new in the kitchen. If the kids don't eat dinner, don't offer junk or fast food to make sure they eat. Trust one thing, they will eat healthy if it is the only choice.

January 21, 2010 - 7:20pm
EmpowHER Guest

She is right. Childhood obesity is going to shorten the lives of children. The few comments i have read are sour grapes and yes I am a Republican. If Bush did not put 2 wars on a credit card we would not be in this situation? But that is neither here or there. PE needs to go back into schools, children need to stop playing video games and go outside and play. Parents need to cook healthy meals instead of drivethru and frozen dinners that are loaded with sodium.

January 21, 2010 - 5:44pm
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January 21, 2010 - 5:02pm
EmpowHER Guest

They keep cutting school budgets, and the first thing to go is P. E.!

She is as big a joke as her husband. I guess this will be her politically correct stance for the next 3 years. All first ladies need one

January 21, 2010 - 4:42pm
EmpowHER Guest

With the way that her husband is running the government I don't think we need this plan...kids all over America will be starving because he is breaking us!

January 21, 2010 - 3:47pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Well said, I could not agree more! The entire country will be on wellfare, or some other government run program by the time my kids finish grade school.

January 21, 2010 - 4:43pm
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