First Lady Michelle Obama: Combat Against Childhood Obesity
“Imagine, our kids begging and pleading, throwing tantrums to get you to buy more fruits, vegetables and whole grain.” This is a feature of the First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the Partnership for a Healthier America’s childhood obesity conference in Washington, D.C.
As part of her opening message especially to the parents she said, “We also know that it’s not enough simply to change the way our children eat. We have to change our own habits and behavior as well. We, as parents are our children’s first and best role model example. And it is particularly true when it comes to their health.”
She further stressed that offering parents the details and alternative they need is an important part to aiding the entire family to become healthier.
On the other hand, Michelle Obama aired on the popular Spanish-language TV program “Sabado Gigante,” on 8/24/2013 children’s segment of the show titled “Conversando con los Niños” (speaking with kids) and talked about her project against being overweight and obesity, and talked about the advantages of a healthy diet regiment and exercise.
In a short pre-recorded video dubbed into spanish language, Obama shared with Hispanic families to take on a healthier and balanced diet, to be able to include their kids in the cooking duties and obligations and urge them to get sufficient physical exercise.
According to the American Medical Association (Ama), 38.2% of Hispanic children between the ages of 2 & 19 are overweight or obese, comparing with 31.7 % of all kids from the general population.
Hispanic males between those ages are much more vulnerable compared to black or white boys to becoming overweight or obese .
A lot more Hispanic children between the ages of 2 & 11 are obese than white or black kids.
Obama intoduced the “Let’s Move Campaign” across the country, which promotes the First Lady to fight against childhood obesity, by having a much better diet and physical activity. Mrs. Obama wishes to obtain the children of the American Union to be fed better, exercise and eliminate the major issue of childhood obesity.
By: Ladan Zinati