Studies show that as many as one third of children in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Diabetes among children and teens is on the rise, and it is harder for them to control the disease.
Michelle Obama’s focus as First Lady is on physical fitness. She hosts exercise workouts in the White House for the Biggest Loser reality TV show.
She lauds the importance of a healthy diet, especially for poor children who live in “food deserts” where they don’t have access to healthy food (a claim that has recently been proved false. The produce is there; the poor choose not to buy it.)
At the launch of the initiative, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum creating the first-ever Task Force on Childhood Obesity to conduct a review of every single programs and policies relating to child nutrition and physical activity and develop a national action plan to maximize federal resources and set concrete benchmarks toward the First Lady’s national goal.
The Task Force recommendations focus on the five pillars of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative:
- Creating a healthy start for children
- Empowering parents and caregivers
- Providing healthy food in schools
- Improving access to healthy, affordable foods
- Increasing physical activity
Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents and caregivers, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Your involvement is key to ensuring a healthy future for our children.
So concerned is she about childhood obesity, that she ranks it right up there as a serious threat to our economy and military readiness. Her “Let’s Move Cities and Towns” initiative has even created or saved thousands of jobs! Nevertheless, it was recently reported that despite the First Lady’s enthusiasm, the White House is backing away from these healthy food initiatives because of pressure from lobbyists. Say it isn’t so!
Given Michelle Obama’s intense focus on how children should maintain a healthy weight, isn’t it odd that she never holds her husband out as a weight-loss role model for the young people of America?
She never talks about how her husband must have struggled with his weight when he was in high school.
Nor do either of the Obamas discuss that Barack Obama was a “fat” child when he lived in Indonesia, as attested to by most of his childhood friends there.
Why don’t they share with every American child exactly how Barack lost that excess weight between his freshman and sophomore years of high school?
What an example he’d be for them!
The Biggest Loser, Presidential Style.
Why, it’s a perfect fit for her outreach to school children, especially to poor “children of color”, like the young Barack Obama, who disproportionately are overweight because they live in those “food deserts” that (don’t) exist in inner cities.
The First Lady could use her husband’s fatty “before” photos and his skinny “after” photos. So why doesn’t she?
What’s his weight loss secret? Enquiring minds want to know.
Why doesn’t he share his secret with all of America? Why not with the entire world?
Why hasn’t Michelle written a diet book, especially one for children?
Why doesn’t Barack Obama hold himself out as a role model for children and teens who are trying to lose weight?