Childhood Obesity

I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition - Michelle Obama

Childhood Obesity

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It's Not About the Calories

The past few years have seen the launch of many admirable initiatives to solve the problem of childhood obesity in America, but I'd like to respectfully suggest that these programs are, quite simply, doomed to failure. This is not because the food industry will subvert their efforts. It's not because the children and parents in this country lack the willpower to tackle this problem and certainly not because they lack the motivation. It's because the advice these anti-obesity initiatives give isn't going to help, and the science they're based on is misguided.

Take Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign, one of the most high-profile examples of this mistaken approach to the problem.…

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