Chalk up another point in the awesome parenting category for the first lady. In her efforts to promote childhood fitness as part of the Let’s Move! campaign she participated in a “Fireside Hangout” on Google+. She answered questions from adults and an entire third grade class from Maine.
As The Huffington Post reports, Kishan Shah, who weighed 200 pounds at 12-years-old and 400 at 19-year-old and has since lost the weight, asked the first lady what her advice would be to the overweight children of America.
Speaking from the White House, Mrs. Obama emphasized the importance of clarifying between looks and feelings. “The first thing that we want to make sure that we do is not make this an issue about looks. We should really talk to kids about how they feel, how they feel inside, so that we’re not just dealing with the physical manifestations of the challenge, but we’re really tapping into what’s going on inside that head of that child.”
She elaborated on that by saying that she doesn’t talk about weight with her daughters so they don’t ever feel badly about themselves or become fixated with numbers on a scale.
“I have two young daughters. We never talk about weight. I make it a point. I don’t want our children to be weight-obsessed. I want them to be focused on: What do I have to do, in this body — because everybody is different, every person’s body is different — what do I have to do to be the healthiest that I can be.”
As I’ve said before in I Am Beautiful, I’m hyper aware of discussing weight or even saying the word “fat” around my daughter. We discuss being healthy and eating foods that make us strong. Yesterday she asked me why a man on television was so big and I told her it was because he eats too much food and doesn’t exercise and play outside enough. I said food makes us strong but when we eat too much of it we get sick and unhealthy. Granted the reasons for being overweight vary but she’s four and I needed a basic explanation.
How do you discuss health and fitness with your younger children?
You can watch the entire Fireside Hangout in the video below.
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