Michelle Obama And The Launch Of A National Effort To Tackle Childhood Obesity
The White House has officially endorsed the “Let’s Move” campaign that is taking an ambitious approach to partner with food companies, media, athletes, school lunch providers and federal agencies in an effort to prevent childhood obesity. This is exactly the sort of effort this has been missing for the last thirty years, and most egregiously in the last ten years.
While I am not going to like every single aspect of the Institutes of Medicine’s recommendations, it is undeniable that this is a profoundly positive and massive effort to address a massive nationwide health problem. Nothing short of this type of initiative will succeed. In fact, this is probably only one of many critical steps that will be necessary to actually make a dent in the epidemic and decrease the rate at which our nation’s children become obese, develop diabetes and die at earlier ages, living less full lives.