Let's Move? Essay

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Let’s Move? We all have that one friend who eats greasy cheeseburgers and fries, never works out, and still never gains weight. Luckily for me, I’ve always been that friend. I’ve always had an incredibly fast metabolism so eating healthy and working out has never been a concern of mine. I honestly cannot remember the last time I went to the gym or ate a meal with proper proportions that included each food group. I am sure a lot of other people are like me too, when it comes to working out and unhealthy eating habits. However, “since 1970, the percentage of children who are overweight has more than doubled” (United 8). Obesity in children can lead to diabetes, heart disease, and depression. Furthermore, studies show that children with good nutrition learn, play, grow, and develop better (8). Obviously, this information indicates a pressing need to address the issue of obesity. In February 2010, Michelle Obama announced the launch of Let’s Move, which is a program created to help eliminate childhood obesity (Hayward 21). There are four important aspects of her campaign; increase the number of healthy schools, increase the level of regular physical activity children get, improve the accessibility and affordably of food and empower consumers to make healthier choices (“Michelle Obama Launches” 44). The goal of this movement is to decrease childhood obesity to five percent by 2030 (Hayward 21). By eliminating obesity in children, the growing epidemic of obesity in our country can be stopped. When I first heard about this initiative I couldn’t help but giggle. I thought it would be impossible to even make a dent in curing childhood obesity. Then I became very interested, as I thought, what if it is possible for this movement to help cure childhood obesity? The direct question at hand for my research on Let’s Move was, has Let’s Move been successful thus

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