Michelle Obama launches programme to combat US childhood obesityBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c948 (Published 15 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c948
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- 1New York
The wife of the US president has announced an ambitious and comprehensive programme to “solve the problem of childhood obesity” in the United States within a generation.
About a third of US children are overweight or obese and at increased risk of future health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.
The programme, called “Let’s Move” (www.letsmove.gov), which Mrs Obama announced on 9 February, aims to increase physical activity among children and make healthier food available in schools and in communities that have poor access to affordable and good quality food. It has the …