Thursday, February 4, 2010

We never stop judging

It seems that the media is out to criticize the Obama administration no matter what, and if it is a quiet day for the President, let's turn on the First Lady instead.
The latest "scandal" is that Michelle Obama has talked about the rising obesity problem by using a personal anecdote concerning her own daughters, Sasha and Malia. The girls' pediatrician had warned the mother about their weight and she admitted to putting them on a diet. It seems that the diet in it self is less up for criticism than the fact that Michelle deliberately put her daughter's lives out in the open when they are at such vulnerable age.

Whether this was a clever move on behalf of the First Lady, I'll refrain from commenting on. But fact remains: obesity in America is rising and especially amongst young children. The best thing a parent can do is nip it in the bud by teaching their children healthy eating habits, the importance of exercise and how to take care of the body that they will have to live with for the rest of their lives. Positive encouragement, plenty of it, and as soon as you suspect the need for it is the only way forward. Far too many parents choose to neglect this part of their children's lives and the horrible effects that poor eating habits will have on them.
The First Lady has done the right thing in rising awareness on this subject and by showing that the way of stopping this increasing problem starts at home, with the parents.

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