“I thought my kids were perfect — they are and always will be — but [the doctor] warned that he was concerned that something was getting off balance,” First Lady Michelle Obama said recently while speaking on the topic of childhood obesity. “It’s often hard to see changes in your own kids when you’re living with them day in and day out. But we often simply don’t realize that those kids are our kids, and our kids could be in danger of becoming obese.”
According to several critics, the first lady went too far in talking about her daughters’ bodies. One such critic, a Momlogic blogger, writes, ” I am still hesitant to condone a parent talking publicly about her child’s struggles with weight, to allow a human child to become… “a talking point.”
“She isn’t just a talking point. She’s a living, breathing child. And while it’s true that she could be proud of her weight loss and proud to have the world know, she could just as easily be like most tweens – embarrassed that every kid in her school just heard about her weight on the evening news. In a nation of oversharing, we have forgotten that our kids deserve privacy too, that growing up is hard enough without mom tweeting about your first period or facebooking about your first chin hairs (source).”
Did First Lady Michelle Obama go too far in naming her daughters Malia and Sasha in her campaign against childhood obesity?