Michelle Obama Announces Fight Against Childhood Obesity

In Michelle Obama's interview with Matt Lauer that aired on the Today show this morning, she announced her initiative to combat childhood obesity. Currently one in three children is obese and this is the first generation in history that will be less healthy and have a projected shorter lifespan than their parents.

Obama emphasized that she understood busy, overburdened parents' struggles to keep kids healthy and didn't want parents to feel blamed. "As a mom, I can see how we got there with the burdens and pressures of modern life. It's very hard when you're working, have to get kids to activities, and you're stressed and tired. You don't have time to prepare a three-course healthy meal.... It's not that parents don't care. It's that we need to help them."

Obama also emphasized she's optimistic that the childhood obesity epidemic can be solved. "This is imminently solvable. We don't need new technology. We're not putting a man on the moon."

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