The First Lady & the Childhood Obesity Crisis
February 1, 2010
by Jeffrey Levi
One of the biggest public health crises our country has ever faced is finally getting serious attention.
During the State of the Union address Wednesday night, President Obama announced that First Lady Michelle Obama was going to take on the childhood obesity epidemic. I'd say the epidemic better watch out! It now has a worthy adversary.
Mrs. Obama is stepping up to provide leadership, recognizing if we don't take serious measures now, this generation of kids could be the first in U.S. history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled in the past three decades. One in three kids is now obese or overweight. Children and teens are developing health problems that used to be only seen in middle age adults - like type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.
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