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‘Let’s Move’ Toward a More Effective Approach to Obesity

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign celebrated its first birthday last month with nationwide events orchestrated by the White House. Its goal is worthy: Obesity affects 12.4% of children ages 2 to 5, 17% of those ages 6 to 11 and 17.6% of those ages 12-19. It takes a toll on the joints and is associated with several risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, abnormal lipid patterns and Type 2 diabetes.

But mimicking her husband’s approach to policy-making, Mrs. Obama’s initiative is grandiose, unfocused, poorly conceived and driven largely by intuition rather than data.

Let’s Move calls for drastically reshaping the diet and exercise habits of American kids — affecting everything from the composition of their school lunches to where and how they exercise to the measurements their health care professionals take.  Mrs. Obama championed a child nutrition law, signed last December, that lets federal bureaucrats decide what kinds of foods may be sold on school grounds, including in vending machines and at fundraisers.

Continue reading Henry Miller at Forbes