Being a President’s child has tons of perks. You get instant popularity, go on awesome trips around the world, wear a stylish wardrobe, have Secret Service agents keeping you safe – and you even have a movie theater and bowling alley in your own house.
So you’d think that Sasha and Malia Obama would be able to help themselves to all the cookies in the White House kitchen whenever they’re in the mood for a nosh. Right?
First Lady Michelle Obama told Access Hollywood that her daughters “have a set diet” to ensure they get plenty of healthy foods every day. “They can’t go in the refrigerator and get what they want,” she said. “They can eat as much fruit and vegetables [as they want] and they can have at that, but not a lot of snacking. So, we set some boundaries.”
Promoting her “Let’s Move” campaign aimed at stopping childhood obesity, the President’s wife explains that her emphasis on healthy living isn’t just a fad she adopted because of her high-profile role.
“They couldn’t [eat junk food] at home when we lived in Chicago,” she says. “They can’t pick up the phone and order anything. They’re kids. That’s the point I make to them: You live in the White House, but you’re a child.”
So it’s not likely we’ll be seeing the First Daughters hitting the nearest Burger King even after they return to civilian life.
As a mom who tries to balance the mac ‘n’ cheese dinners with healthier, tastier fare – my kids actually like my ratatouille! – I applaud Mrs. Obama’s mission. Making smarter food choices and getting regular exercise can set the stage for lifelong good habits – and a lot fewer doctors’ visits.
Now if the First Lady could just do something about the deluge of cereal commercials on kids’ networks…
[Photo: via Pacific Coast News]
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