Just in case you’re not a regular reader of the journal “Childhood Obesity,” FLOTUS — The First Lady of the United States — has written the foreword to this month’s edition. She begins with her initial doubts about whether progress fighting children’s obesity was possible:
When I first decided to focus on the issue of childhood obesity, I wondered whether it was really possible to make a difference. I knew the conventional wisdom on this issue —- particularly when it comes to changing how and what our kids eat. There’s the assumption that kids don’t like healthy food, so why try to feed it to them? There’s the belief that healthy food doesn’t sell as well, so companies will never change the products they offer. There’s the sense that this problem is so big, and so entrenched, that no matter what we do, we’ll never be able to solve it.
Now, she writes, she’s thrilled to report that “We have begun to change the conversation about childhood obesity in America.”
I know, I know, it’s political and there’s a very, very long way to go to reverse the current wave of childhood obesity. But I’m a sucker for good news, and she offers a nice roundup of some: Continue reading