First lady Michelle Obama, traveling to Italy Wednesday to attend a world expo, said her campaign focused on healthy eating is producing “impressive” results.
“These changes are starting to have an impact,” Mrs. Obama said in an interview with La Stampa. “Childhood obesity rates have finally stopped rising, and obesity rates are actually falling among our youngest children.”
Mrs. Obama said “the progress we’ve made is impressive,” but added that the problem of childhood obesity is far from being solved.
“While I am in my final stretch as first lady, I have no intention of slowing down on this issue,” she said. “I plan to continue this work long after I leave the White House.”
The first lady, who spent the past two days in London, is leading a presidential delegation Wednesday to Milan Expo 2015. Her office said she will discuss her “Let’s Move!” initiative, and hear from world leaders about their own efforts to combat childhood obesity.
She said low-income communities need help from society to get more flexible work schedules, access to fresh food and higher wages “ensuring that families make a decent living so they can afford to buy that food.”