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For Ms. Obama, Drive Against Childhood Obesity Begins At Home

US First Lady Michelle Obama has given a personal touch to the campaign against childhood obesity. She said that she would be giving more attention to her two daughters’ body fat measurement. Known for her active participation in health campaigns, the First Lady has done it again.

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She wrote on a website that she was surprised to notice the BMI (body mass index) of her two daughters, Malia (12) and Sasha (9), “creeping upwards”. She was also surprised to know that even a small BMI increase can have adverse consequences on a child’s health. She recommended that the parents should actively participate and be well informed about the weight statistic.

Childhood obesity is one of the biggest health concerns faced by the U.S. Michelle Obama has personally taken it up as her signature cause. The drive is very much required since one in three U.S. Children is either overweight or obese. Thanks to lack of physical activity and poor diet, American children are becoming victims of obesity. Overweight children are more likely to become obese adults than their normal-weight counterparts. They are at a higher risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

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