White House Staff Says First Lady Helped Them Lose Weight

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE | November 1, 2011 | 2:45 AM EDT

First lady Michelle Obama hosts local children on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, as they attempt to break the Guinness World Records title for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Washington (AP) — Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity may need time to produce results, but it's already making a difference at home in the White House.

Two White House chefs, an assistant pastry chef and an assistant curator have taken the first lady's message about eating balanced meals and getting more exercise to heart — and it's showing in their waistlines. The four together have lost more than 110 pounds since July 2010 and have managed to keep it off so far.

They give some of the credit to Mrs. Obama.

Executive chef Cristeta Comerford lost 15 pounds. She says the first lady's campaign helped them recognize their poor habits, ranging from eating too many sweets to drinking too much coffee and not getting enough exercise.