Michelle Obama on childhood obesity

Michelle Obama is leading the charge against childhood obesity. We’ve already seen her tending the White House vegetable garden and encouraging children to participate in the growing process. Now she’s taking that enthusiasm to a whole new level, with a national campaign.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 12.4 percent of 2-5 year olds are obese; for 6-11 year-olds it’s 17.0 percent; and for the 12-19 year-old crowd, it’s 17.6 percent.

Health risks as a result of obesity include heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and sleep apnea. Obesity in childhood often leads to obesity in adulthood.

“Medical experts have warned that our children are on track to be less healthy than we are.” – First Lady Michelle Obama

“So as we’ve seen, the surge in obesity in this country is nothing short of a public health crisis, and it’s threatening our children, it’s threatening our families, and more importantly it’s threatening the future of this nation. Higher rates of obesity are directly linked, as you’ve heard, to higher rates of chronic illnesses like heart disease and cancer and diabetes. Even though type 2 diabetes is rare among young people, more than three quarters of those who have it are obese.

In fact, the health consequences are so severe that as the Secretary said, medical experts have warned that our children are on track to be less healthy than we are. And there’s never been a generation of young people who are on track to be healthier than their parents — or less healthy than their parents.

And truly, if we’re really honest with ourselves, it’s not hard to understand how this happens. I’ve tried to track this through my own life.

In some cases, it’s access. Parents have told me — I’ve seen it myself
— that they would love nothing more than to feed their kids more healthy foods, but if you don’t live anywhere near a place that sells fresh produce, it’s very hard to accomplish that goal.

In other cases, the issue is just convenience. At the end of a long day
— and more and more families are experiencing these long days with two parents working and busy schedules — you just get home and you’re tired and you pick up the phone and you order a pizza, or you go to that drive-thru. It’s just easier. Our modern-day life makes it very difficult for us to sit down and prepare that meal.

And a lot of times it’s affordability. In these tough economic times, buying healthy foods unfortunately feels like a luxury for too many families. They just can’t afford it. We’ve seen stories, we’ve heard stories, of people who know that buying that large gallon of juice is cheaper than buying a gallon of milk. They can’t afford to make different choices.”

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9 Responses

  1. Kaye Abad says:

    Obesity is a growing health problem these days because people are too lazy to do some extra exercise and they eat too much. i always exercise and do cardio regularly to maintain a healthy weight.

  2. Jamie Apple says:

    Obesity is really an epidemic these days. People have become very lazy and does not want to exercise anymore. I do a lot of jogging and brisk walking everyday just to be fit and healthy.

  3. Cristopher Demille says:

    Researchers have found that if the long-term drink sugary soft drinks, even if it did not lead to weight gain, will increase people’s risk of diabetes.

  4. Gelly Anderson says:

    Obesity and diabetes are becoming more and more of a problem these days. Actually it is easy to avoid being overweight by just having the proper diet and exercise.

  5. Hannah Hall says:

    more people are becoming obese these days because of too much junk food and too much sugar in snacks and fast foods.

  6. Zoe Murphy says:

    With current advances in stem cell research, it won’t be long before we can find a permanent cure for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

  7. it is easy to achieve healthy weight by just being conscious with what you eat:”-

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