Michelle Obama Campaigns Against Childhood ObesityAuthor: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jun 22, 2010
First Lady Michelle Obama will fight childhood obesity with the newly launched Let's Move! campaign. Her goal is to greatly reduce childhood obesity rates by 2030 — and doing so begins at home, in the school cafeterias and even in the womb.
A new report by the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity lists 70 different recommendations and tips for families to implement, including information on prenatal care, breastfeeding, quality school lunches, recreational/physical activities and more.
The following statistics come from the report:
- one in three children in America are overweight or obese
- one third of all children born in the year 2000 are expected to develop diabetes
- obesity rates are highest among non-Hispanic black girls and Hispanic boys
- the current generation may even be on track to have a shorter lifespan than their parents
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