Michelle Obama began an official campaign against childhood obesity by discussing a warning from the First Family’s doctor that her own daughters were becoming overweight.
“In my eyes I thought my children were perfect,” Mrs Obama said at an event organised by US health officials to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity. “I didn’t see the changes.”
The children's doctor “cautioned me that I had to look at my children’s BMI”, or body mass index. “He was concerned that something was getting off balance.”
Mrs. Obama added, "her doctor — he really monitors this type of thing — suggested we look at her diet. So we cut out juice boxes, sweets and processed foods.” These modest alterations to the lifestyle of Malia and her sister, Sasha, 8, produced the desired results.
President Obama discussed Malia's apparent weight problem in November, 2008. He described how the habits of their children had to change, because “a couple of years ago — you’d never know it by looking at her now — Malia was getting a little chubby,”
So, Mrs. Obama thought that Malia was perfect, until she gained a couple of pounds, and then she wasn't? So, can only thin children can be considered perfect in the eyes of their parents? What if the "modest alterations" hadn't worked and Malia had maintained her "chubbiness"? Would Mrs. Obama have thought less of her?
I've seen so many pictures of the girls, from babyhood on. it never once occurred to me that they were anything but absolutely nice, normal weights. And their parents are both so beautifully tall, i'm sure the girls will spring up and lose any (alleged) baby fat. And what if they don't?
As for the president. i remember how i felt when my father (frequently) told me i was fat. i can't imagine if he'd announced it to the entire nation and then it becoming a national issue.
Now the world will be watching Malia's weight as she heads toward puberty.
Readers, any thoughts?