EVEN BEFORE First Lady Michelle Obama started her Let’s Move! campaign, we knew that obesity was a problem, particularly in children. However, with Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! presence and enlisting the help of celebrities, there is little doubt what she’s done has been like a jet fuel pack on our culture.
Fighting obesity in children matters and Michelle Obama has led this charge since she and her husband came to Washington. People just don’t appreciate how embedding in children good habits in diet and exercise can impact their lives long term.
The latest news is extraordinary.
In fact, if we could get adults trained more on what we eat and how much, making exercise a daily regimen as well, it could also help our health care costs. Much of what goes wrong with us as adults, minus heredity we must heed, is in our own control. Our diet, exercise, managing stress level, all of it is in our own control.
From the New York Times:
Federal health authorities on Tuesday reported a 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children over the past decade, the first broad decline in an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles with weight and higher risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke.
The drop emerged from a major federal health survey that experts say is the gold standard for evidence on what Americans weigh. The trend came as a welcome surprise to researchers. New evidence has shown that obesity takes hold young: Children who are overweight or obese at 3 to 5 years old are five times as likely to be overweight or obese as adults.