Here at SPARK, we closely watch First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign. A few years ago, the Obamas’ pediatrician suggested that they pay more attention to their children’s’ health, and the First Lady began to realize the incredible obesity issue among America’s youth.
AOL Health interviews Mrs. Obama about childhood obesity and the changes that parents and schools can make in order to reverse the startling numbers of unhealthy kids. It is estimated that 1/3 of America’s young people are obese, but Mrs. Obama believes that it does not have to be their future.
Mrs. Obama discusses several small steps to help parents create healthy lifestyles for their children. She suggests limiting TV time to the weekends, which forces kids to find other entertainment, usually involving movement, and encourages parents to practice balance by allowing their kids to enjoy a slice of cake at a birthday party occasionally, rather than eliminating it altogether. In the Obama household, they removed processed and sugary snacks from their cabinets, and increased the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and water.
Mrs. Obama understands that healthy eating habits and weight discussions can be sensitive topics between parents and children, and she suggests a great way to approach the topic. “The flip side to obesity can be eating disorders, and we certainly don’t want to encourage the reverse trend…one of the things that we try to do in our home is not really talk about weight,” she explains, “The campaign of Let’s Move is not about how our kids look, this isn’t vanity or ego. It’s really about how our kids feel and it’s about their health.
In the below video, Obama discusses some of the individual successes as well as the long-term goals of the Let’s Move Campaign.