Michelle Obama: ‘I Don’t Want My Children to Be Weight-Obsessed'

By Melanie Arter | March 4, 2013 | 12:08 PM EST

First lady Michelle Obama (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

(CNSNews.com) – First lady Michelle Obama, who is leading the Let’s Move campaign against childhood obesity, said Monday that she doesn’t want her children to be “weight-obsessed.”

“I have two daughters. We never talk about weight. I make it a point. I don’t want my, I don’t want our children, I don’t want our children to be weight-obsessed,” she said in response to a question about breaking down the cultural barriers and societal stigmas of obesity, during her Let’s Move! Google + hangout.

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Mrs. Obama said she wanted her daughters to be focused on “what do I have to do in this body, because everybody is different, every person’s body is different.”

As CNSNews.com previously reported, President Barack Obama signed into law a regulation that all Americans must have their body mass index – a measure of obesity – included in their electronic health records along with weight and height.

Childhood obesity is one of the first lady’s signature issues, CNSNews.com reported. She said steak and arugula are her favorite foods.

“What do I have to do to be the healthiest that I can be? And that means I’ve got to eat my vegetables, I’ve got to eat my fruits. I’ve got to not eat too much junk food if I can help it, and I just have to move,” she said during the Google + hangout.

“I don’t have to be a jock. I don’t have to be an Olympic gold medalist. I just have to walk a little more, maybe ride my bike, maybe get up and dance with my mom, maybe walk up those stairs instead of running,” Mrs. Obama added.

A young man who used to weigh 400 pounds, said he felt “invisible,” like he was a “burden.”

“When I was 400 pounds, I felt almost invisible in society, almost as if I was a burden, and America is the greatest country in the world. We don’t discriminate against anyone. We welcome people from all cultures and all walks of life, but being obese in this country, you are stigmatized. Think about paying an extra fare for an extra seat on an airline. How do we break down the cultural barriers and societal stigmas when fighting obesity?” he asked the first lady.

“I think we should be talking about these issues in terms of health and not in terms of physical, how kids or people look physically, because people can’t help how they look, but we want every American to be healthy, and I think kids can understand that question or that point of health,” Mrs. Obama said.

“What do you do to give yourself the energy you need to live a good life, to run when you want to run, to be able to move and breathe easy. We want to talk in those terms, and particularly as we’re dealing with our young girls,” she added.