Fight to win against childhood obesity

by Maggie Probert

First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the NAACP Conference in Kansas City recently.  Her topic was her campaign to fight childhood obesity. 

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Mind you, childhood obesity is not just an American problem; it’s a growing dilemma in the industrial world. Right now in America, one in three children is overweight or obese, putting them at greater risk of obesity-related conditions like diabetes and cancer, heart disease, asthma, the First Lady told the group. This nation is already spending billions of dollars a year to treat these conditions, a figure that is only going to increase when today’s unhealthy children reach adulthood.

“But it’s important to be clear that this issue isn’t about how our kids look. It’s not about that. It’s about how our kids feel. It’s about their health and the health of our nation and the health of our economy.” 

The First Lady is shining a bright light on what researchers have been saying and what Parents as Teachers has been teaching for years. But the punch line was this, “The fact is, we all know we are our children’s first and best teachers and role models. We teach them healthy habits not just by what we say but by how we live.”

Learn more about the First Lady’s childhood obesity initiatives and what you can do in your own family and community.