Michelle Obama Talks The Fight Against Childhood Obesity in Parade
While donning a gorgeous fuchsia-colored dress for the Ben Baker-shot front page, the First Lady opened up about her leadership role in the "Let's Move" campaign and revealed her feelings about turning 50 years old in January.
Check out a few highlights from Miss Obama's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Parade!
On stomping out obesity in American youth:
"When we started, there were people who were thinking, ‘Oh, that’s not an issue. Why is she picking that?’ But in a short amount of time we have turned a challenging problem into one where there are glimmers of hope and change. Our goal is to see the numbers reduced in a generation."
On her rules in the house:
"I give them as long a leash as they can handle. What I tell my kids is, I’m preparing you for college and for life. So, having independence, knowing how to set your own boundaries, figuring out how to make that balance. We still have screen time rules."
On her recent description of herself as a "single mother":
"When you have a husband or a partner who’s either traveling for work or has huge responsibility … and I give my husband credit—he knows who their friends are, he knows what their schedule is. But he’s not making the calls to the dance studio to figure out what classes they’re taking next year … I think it’s important for both parents to shoulder that [responsibility]. I tell my kids, “I am thinking about you every other minute of my day."
On nearing her half a century birthday:
"I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman. But I am constantly thinking about my own health and making sure that I’m eating right and getting exercise and watching the aches and pains. I want to be this really fly 80-, 90-year old."
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