he First Lady has penned a piece for Newsweek explaining why she’s opted to use her platform to combat childhood obesity. Particularly among Black Americans, both children and adults are disproportionately likely to be overweight or obese, and to be affected by the health problems that frequently result from that. To learn more about Mrs. Obama’s campaign for healthier living, click here. – NewsOne Staff
For years, we’ve known about the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. We’ve heard the statistics—how one third of all kids in this country are either overweight or obese. We’ve seen the effects on how our kids feel, and how they feel about themselves. And we know the risks to their health and to our economy—the billions of dollars we spend each year treating obesity-related conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
But we also know that it wasn’t always like this. Back when many of us were growing up, we led lives that kept most of us at a pretty healthy weight. We walked to school every day, ran around at recess and gym and for hours before dinner, and ate home-cooked meals that always seemed to have a vegetable on the plate.