Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama made her first public speech about her Let’s Move program. The program aims to reduce childhood obesity and increase the healthiness of American youth. This is a much needed effort considering that childhood obesity has tripled in the last three decades! If America is to have universal health care, obesity must be addressed because it places a ridiculous strain on the human body resulting in an excess of medical needs that tax payers would have to cover. I applaud her efforts to reduce childhood obesity, but in her speech yesterday, she continuously requested that food companies improve advertising techniques and start trying to sell healthy food to kids.
Not advertising junk food may help, but it comes down to the parents. When I was a kid, all I remember seeing advertised were cookies and candies and watching Cookie Monster. We ate them, I don’t remember any obese kids. But then again we didn’t have video games like there are today. I could eat an entire bag of chips in one sitting because I had been outside running around all day – like a kid is supposed to. The problem in fighting obesity isn’t just the food that is being sold or the junk food kids eat, it’s the laziness of the parents who don’t force their kids to play outside instead of sitting in front of a tv or computer.
So parents…set an example for your kids by playing outside with them or at least force them outside, lock the door behind them and then sit on your lazy ass and eat your junk food. I promise kids can occupy themselves in the backyard, don’t worry. But please don’t be like her because this won’t help anybody.