Michelle Obama Releases Childhood Obesity Recommendations

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The first lady has made childhood obesity her top priority. Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government panel says women could help reduce childhood obesity by maintaining a healthy weight when they become pregnant and by breast-feeding their babies.

The suggestions are among 70 recommendations in the panel's report, released Tuesday by first lady Michelle Obama.

One in 3 American children is overweight or obese, and the problem is even more prevalent among black and Hispanic children.

The panel wants restaurants to post more calorie information. And it recommends updated nutritional standards for school meals.

The report says a woman's weight before she becomes pregnant and her weight gain during pregnancy are two big factors that determine, before a child is born, whether he or she will become obese.

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