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Michelle Obama: Let's talk about children's health, not weight.

Michelle Obama said in an online chat that she tries to stay away from discussions about weight with her daughters.

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First lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during the 101st annual NAACP convention, Monday, July 12, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo. During her remarks she talked about the Let’s Move! initiative and its goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. Tuesday, Mrs. Obama discussed healthy eating for children in an online chat.

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First lady Michelle Obama says she tries to talk about health — not weight — with her daughters.

Mrs. Obama, who launched a public awareness campaign against childhood obesity, says too much talk about weight and body size can lead to eating disorders. She says she is particularly sensitive to that because of her daughters, 12-year-old Malia and 9-year-old Sasha.

Instead of talking about weight, the first lady says she talks to them about eating right, what that looks like and why it's important.

Mrs. Obama discussed her anti-obesity campaign during a web chat Tuesday with AOL Health. Her comments were in response to a question from a North Carolina woman who sought advice for helping overweight children.


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