First lady Michelle Obama’s fight against childhood obesity hit close to home recently when the family’s pediatrician warned that her daughters Sasha,8, and Malia,11, were “getting off balance”.


“In my eyes, I thought my children were perfect,” the first lady said on Thursday at an event at a YMCA in Alexandria, VA. “I didn’t see the changes.”

Michelle may have not seen the changes, but her kids’ pediatrician did and “warned that he was concerned that something was getting off-balance.” The doctor “cautioned me that I had to take a look at my own children’s BMI,” or body mass index, the first lady said.

“Even though I wasn’t exactly sure at that time what I was supposed to do with this information about my children’s BMI, I knew that I had to do something,” she added. “I had to lead our family to a different way.”

After a few months of watching portion sizes, drinking Low-fat milk and water, and eating fruits and vegetables, Mrs. Obama began to see significant changes in her children.

“It was really very minor stuff, but these small changes resulted in some really significant improvements, and I didn’t know it would,” Mrs. Obama said. “It was so significant that the next time we visited our pediatrician, he was amazed. He looked over the girls’ charts and he said, ‘What on earth are you doing?'”

Mrs. Obama says that she hopes to spread the message of “small changes can lead to big results” in her anti-obesity campaign.

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