On Friday, Mrs. Obama delivered the keynote address in Washington, D.C., at the Partnership for a Healthier America's Building a Healthier Future Summit, and she also delivered some tough love to parents.
"We can't lie around on the couch eating French fries and candy bars, and expect our kids to eat carrots and run around the block. But too often, that's exactly what we're doing," she stated, warning the audience that research shows that kids with one obese parent are more than twice as likely to become obese as adults.
"Just think for a minute what this country could look like," she said. "Imagine our kids begging and pleading, throwing tantrums, to get you to buy more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains! Yes! This is possible! It is possible to create this world, and the truth is, it isn't rocket science. We have everything we need right here and right now to make this happen. We just have to summon the focus and the will."
With the percentage of overweight children in the United States growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids now considered overweight or obese, her message is necessary and right on time.