A small flurry of progress on efforts to quell childhood obesity surfaced in the press this week. The news hints that Michelle Obama's campaign to make America's kids thinner, healthier and happier is in full force. The First Lady's Let's Move! initiative has been busy lately recruiting chefs to speak out about healthy eating, teaching school children fun exercise routines and advocating for new regulations to keep junk food off of kids' minds.
Earlier this year, the Michelle herself made a controversial appearance alongside Walmart executives to support the corporate giant's new healthy eating campaign. Bloggers found that stunt questionable if not downright inappropriate. But as this week's headlines reveal, strategies are getting more questionable by the minute.
Texas Launches Big Brother-style Effort to Track How Much Students Eat
The Associated Press reports today that five elementary schools in San Antonio will now photograph students lunch trays before and after lunch to find out how many calories the kids are consuming. Parents and researchers will receive information about the students for reference and research purposes, but nobody will be punished for eating unhealthy food. One in three children are obese in that part of the country.