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Michelle – Don’t Spike That Football Just Yet

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When called out to prove that “Let’s Move” had anything at all to do with declining childhood obesity, the White House trots out a study that predates Michelle’s initiative.

I guess when you think the public is stupid about everything else they do and say, why not try this?

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While Mrs. Obama credits “Let’s Move” for these recent advances, the report from Robert Wood Johnson does not back up that assertion.  Here is a chart from the report that the White House refers to in its press release and from which Mrs. Obama took Mississippi’s 13 percent decline:

 

 

The 13 percent decrease that Mrs. Obama touted is measured from Spring 2005 through Spring 2011. “Let’s Move” was launched in February 2010, so the first five years of the time period in question were prior to Let’s Move’s existence.  The time period for New York City is similar, but the Philadelphia and California figures only extend through 2010, ending just as “Let’s Move” got moving.

While the Robert Wood Johnson report demonstrates progress has been made in the struggle against childhood obesity, there’s no proof yet that “Let’s Move” has played a role, and the report does not mention the program.  While “Let’s Move” has undoubtedly raised the profile of the issue, the White House will have to wait for the studies to catch up to its claims.  Even then, a direct correlation between any change in obesity rates and “Let’s Move” will be difficult to verify.  But if the White House continues to cite outdated statistics to promote the success of “Let’s Move,” Mrs. Obama’s credibility may be diminished before current figures on childhood obesity become available.

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  1. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 28th, 2013

    Wood Johnson. Bwaaahahahahaha!
    Oh.

    Hey when is Mich gonna drop some ass weight?

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  2. Stirrin the BS

    February 28th, 2013

    In the infamous words of Dem. Rep. Corrine Brown, the media and low information voters unanimously agreed, “don’t confuse us with facts”.

    In that spirit, the Nobel Peace Committee have overwhelmingly nominated Mooch for this year’s Nobel Peace Award, citing that accomplishments are secondary to image.

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  3. Corky

    February 28th, 2013

    I had the same question about the numbers and when the data was collected. After doing my own research, I found out that it was data from the time period quoted above. HERE is what I didn’t read in the article–the 13% decrease in childhood obesity in Mississippi was ONLY among white children. There was no downward trend in the black children. Hello Mrs. Obama???

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  4. Cruisin Cat

    February 28th, 2013

    I’m certain that the administration is responsible. Higher food prices, less jobs; people are cutting their food budget and eating less.
    Let’s move…to another country?

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  5. sablegsd

    February 28th, 2013

    The First Shaved Ape has no credibility.

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  6. gENL rIPPER

    February 28th, 2013

    ” But if the White House continues to cite outdated statistics to promote the success of “Let’s Move,” Mrs. Obama’s credibility may be diminished before current figures on childhood obesity become available.”

    That scrunt lost all credibility the moment she uttered that despicable comment that “for the first time in my life I’m not ashamed of my country”

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