Michelle Obama – Her Righteous Fat Fight
Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move obesity guidelines and report to the president
REGULAR READERS of this blog know that I follow the obesity dilemma that has overtaken the USA, especially among our children.
For if the current trajectory is not disrupted, this new generation will be far less healthy than their parents; in fact, the diabetes epidemic could dramatically reduce their quality of life, reduce their lifespan and wreck the health care system.
Sounds dire because it is.
This has become First Lady’s Michelle Obama’s clarion call. As I wrote about here, she is the face and bully pulpit behind the Let’s Move campaign to draw attention to and solutions for an overweight generation where one of three children are overweight or obese.
One in three!
Studies find that about 1 in 5 children becomes overweight or obese by age 6, and that more than half of obese children become overweight before the age of 2. Nearly 6 percent of infants younger than six months are overweight, the report says, up from 3.4 percent between 1980 and 2001.
After spending a few months marshaling resources to study, investigate, exhort, the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity has delivered its report to the president: Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity within a Generation.
There are about 70 recommendations in this report, such as this: Women could help reduce childhood obesity by maintaining a healthy weight when they become pregnant and by breast-feeding their babies.
Mrs. Obama has said she wants to help solve the problem in a generation so babies born today will come of age at a healthy weight. The report says that could happen if childhood obesity rates dropped to 5 percent by 2030.
Here’s a look at the report’s table of contents; perhaps there are nuggets in it for you:
Table of Contents
The Challenge We Face
I .Early Childhood
E.Early Care and Education
II. Empowering Parents and Caregivers
A.Making Nutrition Information Useful
C.Health Care Services
III. Healthy Food in Schools
A.Quality School Meals
B.Other Foods in Schools
C.Food-Related Factors in the School Environment
D.Food in Other Institutions
IV. Access to Healthy, Affordable Food
A.Physical Access to Healthy Food
D.Hunger and Obesity