Michelle Obama has unveiled her campaign against childhood obesity in the US, saying that it is a problem that concerns her both as first lady and as a mother.
Mrs Obama said that the campaign was designed to encourage people to live healthier lives, but admitted that she herself was not immune to the temptations of junk food.
"I love burgers and fries. And I love ice cream and cake. And so do most kids," she said. But, she added: "We're not talking about a lifestyle that excludes all that.
"The question is how do we help people balance that out so that they're not facing life-threatening, preventable illnesses, but they're enjoying their food, they're eating their vegetables, they're doing their running and walking and playing and still have time to get a good, fun meal in every once in a while."
One in three American children is overweight or obese, putting them at higher risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other illnesses.
Billions of dollars are spent every year treating obesity-related conditions.
"None of us wants this future for our kids," Mrs Obama said at the White House.
"We have to act, so let's move."
Her campaign has four parts: helping parents make better food choices, serving healthier food in school vending machines and lunch lines, making healthy food more available and affordable, and encouraging children to exercise more.
The ambitious campaign, which Mrs Obama hopes will be seen as her legacy, is aimed at solving the childhood obesity problem in a generation, so that children born today can reach adulthood at a healthy weight.
"This isn't like a disease where we're still waiting for the cure to be discovered. We know the cure for this," she said at the unveiling.
President Barack Obama praised his wife for tackling what he called one of "the most urgent health issues facing the country."
"This has enormous promise in improving the health of our children, in giving support to parents to make the kinds of healthy choices that are often very difficult," he said.
2010-02-11 14:05 编辑：kuaileyingyu
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