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White House Credits ‘Let’s Move’ for Halting and Reversing Childhood Obesity Trend

Home - by - February 21, 2013 - 11:46 America/New_York - 25 Comments

THE WEEKLY STANDARD

Today the White House credited Michelle Obama’s three-year-old “Let’s Move” initiative with halting and even reversing a thirty year trend of increasing childhood obesity, a trend that has led to what the Centers for Disease Control has called an epidemic. A press release from the Office of the First Lady announced details of a “two day nationwide tour” at the end of the month to celebrate the third anniversary of the program that promotes exercise and healthy eating habits to young people. The press release also included a short history of the program (emphasis added):

Mrs. Obama launched Let’s Move! on February 9, 2010 to unite the country around our kids’ health and create real support for families to live healthier lives.  Since then parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders and kids themselves have stepped up to improve the health of our nation’s children.

Thanks to these efforts, families now have access to more information to make healthier decisions for their children. Young people now have more opportunities for physical activity in their communities. Food in schools has been dramatically improved. More Americans now have access to healthy, affordable food closer to home. And the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off, and even declined in some cities and states.

The press release does not include any data to bolster the claim.

Mrs. Obama’s nationwide tour will consist of stops in Clinton, Mississippi; Chicago, Illinois; and Springfield, Missouri.  She will also make a pre-tour appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, to air on Friday, February 22.

 

» 25 Comments

  1. Diann

    February 21st, 2013

    Skinny kids created or saved

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  2. AbigailAdams

    February 21st, 2013

    Technically, “Let’s Move”, MoveOn.org, Move Forward, and all the other “move” campaigns have certainly “helped” our family. We can no longer afford to eat.

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  3. metprof

    February 21st, 2013

    Now….let’s get the ‘sqautch working on the deficit.

    Three years later “poof”, it’s gone!

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  4. Chalupa

    February 21st, 2013

    The Moose leads from behind (her own).

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  5. Maudie N Mandeville

    February 21st, 2013

    So there, all you IOTW mockers! It was a success and the cancer of fat lazy kids watching too much TV eating their EBT nachos on the sofa next to their big booty assed mother has been eradicated. Michelle Obama will go into the medical books right next to Salk.

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  6. thirdtwin

    February 21st, 2013

    I bet the last few years have also seen a leveling-off, or even a decrease, in the number of fat Mexican kids entering our school system, because their parents can’t find jobs here anymore.

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  7. Czar of Defenestration

    February 21st, 2013

    So, this means Michelle’s been eating the fat kids again?!
    No fat kids, no obesity problem!

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  8. Corky

    February 21st, 2013

    “The press does not include any data to bolster the claim”!! That is the money shot of the whole story–it is a “press release from the The Office of the First Lady”

    Of course, she is starving the kids in schools so there is that.

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  9. eternal cracker p

    February 21st, 2013

    No no no.

    It’s typical politics and nothing more. “Halting and reversing” is the same thing as saying “it might not turn out as bad as we would like to think.”

    A kid that was projected to be 100 pounds overweight is now projected to be 98 pounds overweight. Of course there is no data, these are projections. When the kid reaches 101 pounds overweight, the previous projection of 98 pounds simply gets revised due to an unexpected number. The new revised number would be 103 pounds, so 101 is still less than 103. That equals a less heavy, more healthy kid. Even though the kid is heavier than the initial number.

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  10. Cruisin Cat

    February 21st, 2013

    So then what is mooses excuses?

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  11. ToreyDawn

    February 21st, 2013

    “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal … and butts began to shrink.”

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  12. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 21st, 2013

    When I worked for a major US bank, there was a project to integrate the computers and infrastructure from a recently acquired bank. We were on a weekly conference call I held to go over anti-virus and security when an email popped up in my inbox. It said that the project for this integration was complete and a success! I told those on the meeting about it and they got the email themselves shortly. Then I asked the person on my call, who was responsible for this integration, how many computers were still left. He said, “Just over 2,000.” But he was happy to know that he was now finished and could move onto his next project!

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  13. Chieftain

    February 21st, 2013

    Great news for the uninformed…

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  14. listingstarboard

    February 21st, 2013

    Did anyone notice that the white wife of Michelles brother, Craig and their young kid was absent from the Official White House extended family Photo released 2 days ago? Damn Racists.

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  15. moarkdave

    February 21st, 2013

    You all are just jealous that the Sqautch is coming here to Springfield, Missouri and not to your neck of the woods. She will be at a Wal-Mart store to look at their pre-packaged food items.

    You could not pay me enough to go and see her.

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  16. ToreyDawn

    February 21st, 2013

    @listingstarboard – Wow! Good observation!

    http://todaynews.today.com/_news/2013/02/19/17017478-obamas-extended-family-joins-him-in-newly-released-photos

    “Robinson remarried in June 2006, to his wife Kelly. They became parents of a son, Austin, in 2010.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Robinson_%28basketball%29

    Here’s a picture of them: http://ballerwives.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/michelle-obama-brother-craig-robinson-wife-kelly-robinson2.jpg

    Also from wiki: “Robinson has two children from his first marriage, a son Avery (born 1992) and daughter Leslie (born 1996).” Avery and Leslie are pictured. Austin and his very blonde, very white wife, Kelly, are not.

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  17. Houston

    February 21st, 2013

    So many great comments to thumb up in this one.

    I have to give props to ThirdTwin for the Hispanic point. I’ve noticed a lot of the Hispanic kids are tubbos and the slow down in illegal immigration could be the magic behind the numbers.

    Of course that assumes there were numbers.

    My take, it’s total BS. Just like we don’t have a spending problem. The government takes 3 trillion dollars a year from us and they still overspend. The president hasn’t sent his legally required budget to Congress yet. The Senate hasn’t passed a legally required budget in going on 5 years now.

    They just say it is so and then when faced with the facts, repeat the lie. It’s the same as in Roderick Rules where the dad plays the video of his son throwing a party and the kid says it isn’t him.

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  18. Stirrin the B.S.

    February 21st, 2013

    She’s already in line to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize (ahem). Next, she will cure MS, AIDS and pancreatic cancer.

    There’s no stopping her now, she’s on a roll – a jelly roll, that is.

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  19. iamthegps

    February 21st, 2013

    I wonder how many people stopped to think about the fact that, technically, they can call one pound a ‘decrease’ and sell it.

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  20. Liberal Larry

    February 21st, 2013

    Children’s lives are saved and you people spew racist hatred.

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  21. Stirrin the B.S.

    February 21st, 2013

    Oh boo hoo Larry the Lib. This is about the White House’s shameless self-promoting and self-congratulatory declaration that Michelle Obama’s “let’s move” was the reason for halting childhood obesity.

    It’s nothing but another example of the narcissistic self-centered, messianic complex that the Obama’s have – propped up by a drooling, slavish media.

    Those two are low-brow, low-class wannabes, that require constant affirmation of their importance in life. The truth be known, these two have wreaked more havoc upon this country than any possible good that they might be associated with.

    And further, I don’t give a rat’s fucking ass about what color their skin is. I look at their policies and attitudes toward America and I see contempt and disdain oozing from their every breath. So back your accusation of racism up with some facts or go back to your momma’s basement and pout.

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  22. AbigailAdams

    February 21st, 2013

    @Liberal Larry — hahahaha! “Peoples’ lives are saved”, huh? Well, bless your heart. And I thought I was a Pollyanna.

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  23. Cruisin Cat

    February 21st, 2013

    Maybe someday the obamas can take credit for something they actually did.
    Wait, no my bad – that would be called an “indictment.”

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  24. Dano

    February 21st, 2013

    How does a woman with one of the FATTEST ASSES in the history of… Oh, never mind.

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  25. The Doktor

    February 22nd, 2013

    In less than 4 years this bloated beast has turned around GENERATIONS of over eating and poor diet choices?!?!?

    Only the idjits of the Ignorant Masses and the State Controlled Lapdog Media (but I repeat myself) could actually BELIEVE such loaded BS.

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