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May 02, 2011  | by: Bianca Salvant

The First Lady and Beyonce

In January of 2010 the first lady, Michelle Obama, officially created a campaign against childhood obesity called Let’s Move after she learned that her own daughters were slightly overweight.

“In my eyes I thought my children were perfect,” Mrs Obama said at an event organized by US health officials to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity. “I didn’t see the changes.”

This is a very common thought for parents to have because, in all honesty, no one wants to believe anything is wrong with their child. But the fact of the matter is that being overweight it could do major damage to a child’s health. According to Obama’s research, over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese.

If we don’t solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.

Michelle Obama and 16-time Grammy award-winning artist Beyonce have come to the conclusion that although child obesity is rising, there aren’t many children out there who would want to head to the gym to lift weights. However, many kids will want to dance.

Beyonce recently turned her “Get Me Bodied” song into a similar remix for the campaign called “Move Your Body.”

“I am excited to be part of this effort that addresses a public health crisis. First Lady Michelle Obama deserves credit for tackling this issue directly,” Beyonce said on the issue.

The video is extremely fast paced and great for anyone who wants to juggle cardio and fun at the same time. I applaud Beyonce for getting involved with this campaign because she is an individual who has many young fans. In order to give an adequate analysis, I tried dancing the whole video and was huffing and puffing by the end!

Check out the video below:

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