May 11, 2010

Michelle Obama's 'Road Map' to fight childhood obesity

Posted: 01:38 PM ET


First lady Michelle Obama unveiled a plan today to "reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity," and called on help from governments, schools, and businesses as well as the families themselves.

"We're setting really clear goals and benchmarks and measurable outcomes that will help tackle this challenge one step, one family and one child at a time," Mrs. Obama said during a White House ceremony.

 Mrs. Obama and her aides released a task force report entitled Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation. The goal, she said, is to "ensure that our children can have the healthy lives and the bright futures that they deserve."

Currently, one in three children are considered overweight or obese, Mrs. Obama said. "If we meet the goals we set, we will reverse a 30-year trend," she added.


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gerald Jolly   May 11th, 2010 3:44 pm ET

Definately, the absolute finest first lady of our times,

The first lady and our President Barack Obama, truly compliment each other.

What an incredible great lady.


Jack   May 11th, 2010 5:19 pm ET

Michelle, I have heard that you are a true Queen Bee Diva. WELL, you go girl. If you don't want anyone prettier than you in your White House, kick em out. If you don't want your kids to be fat, kick em skinny. If you don't want the President of the United States to smoke, kick him to the curb. But just know, I'm waiting to pick him up. That is one nice looking, educated, speech genius, man.

Roxann   May 11th, 2010 5:35 pm ET

i really dont care about mrs. Obama what everyone better get concern with is this, and all prechers teach on this , God blesses the country that helps Isreal and since he has taken over or country our president has been so worried about the muslems, they are are not important, get it threw your head mr president, you better help God's county or ours will fall. Dont think for one second God will change your life. Wake up we are in trouble. you are at fault, isreal is first it's his people.
By the way Larry how are you doing?
Roxann LaRue Robards, Ky

Lady priest   May 11th, 2010 5:44 pm ET


Smith in Oregon   May 11th, 2010 6:22 pm ET

Seems premature to lay-out a road map to better dieting for children when after many decades of Republican lawmaker's abuse America has listed only 200 Chemicals out of well over 10,000 that are labeled as known carcinogenic, and known to be very toxic to consume.

In short there are THOUSANDS of extremely questionable Petrol-Chemicals in the very food that is consumed by America's children. It is highly likely those chemicals cause leukemia and a host of immunity dysfunction problems which give rise to a wide range of serious health issues and diseases.

A road-map to better diets for America's children is a fine goal, HOWEVER America must first insure that the food that is available is without chemical poisons which time and again lead to far greater problems to that child, child's family and to society than the current problem posed by childhood obesity.

Dodie   May 11th, 2010 7:04 pm ET


This is a country that respects all beliefs, not just yours. Obviously, respect and tolerance were deleted from your programming years ago.

When one experiences a ‘white-out’ condition, all that is left is a blank page. Let’s hope someday, you will find the Neuro Linguistic Programming and rejoin the human race!

LacrosseMom(the real one)   May 11th, 2010 7:56 pm ET

Mrs. Obama is a blessing to America, her poise, intelligence and her deep concern not only for American children's health but also for our Military families is wonderful. No other first lady has been concerned about Military families, before, and Lord, knows that they need someone speaking up for them.

Bravo Mrs. Obama!

Cindy   May 11th, 2010 9:08 pm ET

Have you never heard of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. It is totally incorrect and offensive to say no other first lady has been concerned about military families.

Judy Friedman   May 11th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

I think Mrs. Obama should not worry about diets for everybody . She should worry about being a "Lady" that represents all religions and faiths to the world, and making us proud of her.

A F   May 12th, 2010 12:54 am ET

This is what Obama does with our tax money? With this economy?

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 12th, 2010 5:36 am ET

Good on her and her endeavours.

You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't........

Ted   May 12th, 2010 8:57 am ET

@ Dodie

Just love your words, stick it to her!

gerald Jolly   May 12th, 2010 9:09 am ET

@ A F


And I bet, Ya all blieve thet it's hu falt thet the conomy are in the truble at ays and thet Georgie Porgy Puddin an Bush head notin ta do wait at.


Judy Friedman   May 12th, 2010 12:12 pm ET

dieting? what a riot! Starvation and hunger in the about giving some excess foods to countries that desperately need it .Al least , First Lady ,do something universal so other countries may benefit and we can once again be proud to be to be American(fat or thin).

beverly warden   May 12th, 2010 12:20 pm ET

larry, the one year anniversary for michael jackson's death is coming upon us soon. will you be doing any kind of tribute to him. my feelings are that some one could briing attention to the world all the good and positive things he did and accomplished, instead of focusing on the trash and garbage out there that the majority is not true. i also believe it would take more that an hour show to accomplish this.

Hugh in California   May 12th, 2010 12:22 pm ET

You go girl! Apparently, there are too many folks in America who willfully choose to exclude the Bill of Rights, like freedom of religion when it comes to attacking a politician who has an ethnic background other than that of European descent! It's just bigoted hatred disguised as religious patriotism!

PS. I got your message - Great idea!

If this is God's country as you've quoted, then God is in charge! If our country fails - blame God, not President Obama!

gerald Jolly   May 12th, 2010 1:21 pm ET

Hugh in California.

Great post, particularly the part about the God Roxann refers too.

I am sure that she thinks, that there are three Gods.

One for the black folks, one for the hespanic folks, and one for the white folks.

Being that our President is an Afro American, I guess all the GOD STUFF, is only for the Afro Americans right now.

suzan   May 12th, 2010 2:17 pm ET

aloha- the first lady cannot fight against overweight at all in this country. i'm fight as a 50 year old women. my white boyfriend is fath as a 40 year old men. my youngest brother is fat as a 60 year old men. so what. big deal if we americans is over weight. child is overeight. is up to the parents if that child to feed what they want to give food to their kids or not. not the first lady or our governement can stop people like me and my boyfriend and my brother and kids being fat. i like being fat until i die that the way i will be fat until i die.

Shari   May 12th, 2010 3:56 pm ET

I am thrilled the First Lady Mrs. Obama is taking on childhood obesity as a platform, and getting the schools involved in her mission to create a healthier future. Hopefully school funding for gym and arts classes will be revisited to ensure all children are receiving some motivation to get moving.

Dodie   May 12th, 2010 6:58 pm ET

@ Hugh in California

I always enjoy your original songs with your 'beautiful' voice. I would love to see my favorite song in a video on Youtube someday.... Dodie

Hugh in California   May 12th, 2010 7:34 pm ET

You can't stop people from being gluttons, but the First Lady can be a spokesperson - like all first ladies have been. Michelle Obama can encourage young people to eat and live a healthy lifestyle, and not follow the example of their parents who are overweight.

I believe it is morally wrong to feed your children until they're so fat they develop poor health and are at risk of developing life threatening diseases. If Michell Obama's efforts work, and help to reduce the number of obese Americans, it will save lives. If people choose to be gluttons they'll - more than likely - die an early death, but to do nothing and allow this to happen to their children is wrong.

Hugh in California   May 12th, 2010 7:35 pm ET

What is your favorite song?

mary u from ohio   May 14th, 2010 1:03 pm ET

I think Kids need to be more active in their lives....
Kids have been Spoiled by tecnology out there.... .
that they don't have to use there minds or imaginations...
fear has been put into kids that they are afraid to go outside & play... we need to teach our kids how to protect themselves... from danger... instead of keeping them inside as protection..

Louis Price   October 4th, 2010 11:12 am ET

i like michelle obama coz she is very down to earth person`*.

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