It's no secret that first lady Michelle Obama is an advocate for promoting good eating and exercise habits in children. Through the Let's Move! campaign she has encouraged school children to step away from the television and dance the Dougie instead:
But while she's keen to encourage healthy habits in children, she makes a point of not discussing weight with her daughters.
Speaking from the White House on Monday, Mobama participated in a"Fireside Hangout" hosted by Kelly Ripa on Google+. She answered questions from four adult participants, as well as an entire third grade class from Maine.
"I have two young daughters. We never talk about weight," she said.
"I don't want our children to be weight-obsessed. I want them to be focused on: What do I have to do, in this body -- because everybody is different, every person's body is different -- what do I have to do to be the healthiest that I can be."
In response to a question from participant Kishan Shah, who said he weighed 200 pounds as a 12-year-old and 400 pounds as a 19-year-old, the First Lady emphasised the importance of discussing childhood fitness the right way -- and stressed the difference between "health" and "looks".
"The first thing that we want to make sure that we do is not make this an issue about looks. We should really talk to kids about how they feel, how they feel inside, so that we're not just dealing with the physical manifestations of the challenge, but we're really tapping into what's going on inside that head of that child."
Obama added that while her daughters hadn't faced exactly the same situation Shah had dealt with, the first family had encountered "similar challenges."
"I never talked about weight in the household," she continued. "We just started making changes. And we made changes in a way that didn't make [the girls] feel badly about themselves; it didn't even make them feel any ownership over it. Because truly, kids that age can't control what they eat. So as the mum, I took it upon myself to make sure that we just surrounded them with foods that were healthy and that they could eat whenever they wanted to. You just have to get the temptation out of the household wherever possible, and then just try to make activity fun."
One of the ways she encourages movement in the home is through impromtu dance sessions.
"It doesn't take the great outdoors to be moving every day. One of the things that I do with my kids, I turn on the radio and we will dance and work up a sweat for a good 30-40 minutes. They laugh at me; they have a good time; but at the same time, we're moving."
Via: Huffington Post