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Turns Out Michelle Obama's Obesity Campaign Was a Flabby Flop

•, Jim Bovard

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is the keynote speaker this evening for the first night of the Democratic National Convention. The New York Times has hailed her as one of the "creative geniuses who defined culture in 2016" and the Associated Press christened her a "luminary with international influence" in the same year.  But don't expect the media to tell you that today, Ms. Obama's biggest initiative as First Lady has proven a disastrous failure. 

In 2010, Ms. Obama launched her "Let's Move" campaign for "solving the problem of childhood obesity in a generation."  She proclaimed a goal of reducing the percentage of overweight and obese children by 2.5 percent by 2015.  She was speedily awarded sainthood for her lofty aspirations.

But, despite glowing press coverage for the "Let's Move" campaign, even more children are super-sizing nowadays. The percentage of overweight youth rose from 14.9 percent in 2009-2010 to 16.6 percent in 2015-2016, while the percentage of obese youth rose from 16.9 percent to 18.5 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control.