Michelle Obama Announces Effort to Tackle Childhood Obesity

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Michelle Obama discusses changes she's made to create a healthier lifestyle for her family during ABC News' Good Morning America.

The first lady has set her sites on childhood obesity. And the president is backing her up with a federal task force created to address the issue.

Michelle Obama announced the plan this morning on Good Morning America where she talked about ways families can work together to keep their kids healthy. Childhood obesity is a growing concern among health officials, who say one in three children are obese or overweight.

Obama discussed "very minor changes" her daughters, Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, have made that have improved their health. The family has started drinking more water, eating out less and monitoring portion sizes, she said.

The small steps, which she considers part of "a big mindset change," are also part of a national effort she's created called the Let's Move campaign.

The effort targets four key pillars: Getting parents more informed about nutrition and exercise, improving the quality of food in schools, making healthy foods more affordable and accessible for families, and focusing more on physical education.
"We want to make sure that people understand this is about overall health and physical fitness is ... something that I stress in my household. It is a part of that. It's a natural part of your life," she said during the ABC interview.

Obama, who confessed to loving burger and fries and cake and ice cream, said it's possible to make the changes and still let kids enjoy childhood.

"We're not talking about a lifestyle that excludes all that," she said. "That's the fun of being a kid."

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