FLOTUS Goes After Obese Parents

First Lady Michelle Obama

"But in the end, we also know that it's not enough to simply change the way our children eat — we have to change our own habits and behaviors as well. And this is final point I want to make today. We as parents are our children's first and best role models and this is particularly true when it comes to their health. Research shows that kids who have at least one obese parent or more are then twice as likely to be obese as adults. So, as much as we might plead with our kids to “do as I say and not as I do,” we know that we can’t lie around on the couch eating French fries and candy bars and expect our kids to eat carrots and run around the block. But too often that’s exactly what we’re doing.We’re skipping the gym so that we can drive the kids to school in the morning. We’re eating fast food at lunch so we have time afterwards to pick go to the store to pick up something decent for dinner. We are working so hard to keep our kids healthy that we are neglecting ourselves. Now in some ways that’s what it means to be a parent, right? It means there are plenty of things we won’t do for ourselves but there is nothing that we won’t do for our children. But as it turns out one of the most important things we can do for our children’s health, is to take care of our own health and to make being healthy truly a family affair.”

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