Michelle Obama Recognizes Balance as Key to Fighting Obesity
Did you picture a spread of nutritional dishes when you thought about the Superbowl feast at the White House this past Sunday? Better think again.
Days before celebrating the first anniversary of the anti-obesity campaign "Let's Move," Michelle Obama enjoyed a selection of bratworst, kielbasa, cheeseburgers and deep dish pizza while watching the Green Bay Packers claim victory again the Pittsburgh Steelers. Defending her fat-laden meal choices, the First Lady recognized the importance of a balanced diet to reporters on Tuesday.
"I like to talk about my obsession with French fries because I don't want people to think that "Let's Move" is about complete, utter deprivation," said Mrs. Obama to reporters on Tuesday. "It is about moderation and real life changes and ideas that really work for families, today's families too."
Looking to the facts, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled over the past three decades and one in every three children in our nation is overweight or obese. Due to both larger portion sizes and a different lifestyle, we are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were forty years ago.
Continuing the fight into the second year, the First Lady will address the achievements of the Let's Move campaign over the past year and propose what more needs to be done to reduce childhood obesity to an audience in Georgia on Wednesday.
“We’re here to celebrate a new conversation in this country about the health and well-being of our children," Mrs. Obama will say during Wednesday's speech. "It’s a conversation about what our kids eat and how active they are. About how they feel and how they feel about themselves. And about what that means, not just their physical and emotional health, but for their success in school and in life."
The First Lady will also unveil a national PSA campaign for "Let's Move," created by the Ad Council, that will reach 33,000 media outlets.