Michelle Obama’s “Success” In Reducing Childhood Obesity Never Happened

If you were reading me in January, you might remember how shocked I was by a claim (one of many false claims) that President Barack Obama made in his state of the union speech. I wrote, “If The President Can Credit Michelle Obama With Lowering Childhood Obesity, Then He can Get Away With Anything.”

I know there were much more dangerous and important things said in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, but one relatively minor claim completely surprised and shocked me.


As usual, our first lady sets a good example. Michelle's -- (applause) -- well. (Chuckles.) (Cheers, applause.) Yeah. Michelle's Let's Move! partnership with schools, businesses, local leaders has helped bring down childhood obesity rates for the first time in thirty years, and that's an achievement -- (applause) -- that will improve lives and reduce health care costs for decades to come.

No, I'm not shocked by his threat (promise) to use executive power. I'm amazed that, to prove to us that the executive branch could bring help to the nation, he made up such a bizarre and unbelievable claim. Michelle Obama and her partners helped bring down childhood obesity rates?

I thought it was perfectly obvious that Michelle Obama’s program could not possibly have lowered obesity. Childhood obesity is far too prevalent and growing to think it can be fixed in that way.

But now I have another reason. I know Michelle Obama does not deserve credit for lowering childhood obesity because childhood obesity was never reduced!

From the National Review blog:

In late February, a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that obesity rates among children aged 2 to 5 had declined by 40 to 43 percent in the past eight years, a dramatic and encouraging finding. But researchers are now saying that the good news may have been a statistical mistake.

Experts believe the finding may have been in error because other studies have found no such decline in obesity rates within that age group.


The CDC’s study relied on a set of government-collected data that’s considered highly reliable, but wasn’t ideal for this comparison: The study looked at over 9,000 Americans, but just 871 were between 2 and 5, and just a small proportion of them are obese. The margin of error, in fact, was wide enough that it’s statistically possible there was no decrease at all.

So the big applause and the loud cheers for Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address was a misfire. The thirty-year trend continues unabated.

Of course, I think this is good news. It means the government has not succeeded in causing more Hispanic children to suffer from malnutrition.



10 thoughts on “Michelle Obama’s “Success” In Reducing Childhood Obesity Never Happened

  1. jaimie bisbee says:

    my Aunty Arianna got a nearly new silver
    Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab by working part time off of a macbook air. try this

    • SILENTHAMMER says:

      Jaimie, is that REALLY you? You look SO YOUNG! I'm curious: How does this relate to Queen Kong's claim that she single-handedly DEFEATED OBESITY in the WORLD?! Pls, get back to us on that.

      • Washington22 says:

        Silent, you just made me laugh out loud. Thanks, I needed it.......Queen Kong is so perfect. I'm adopting it, if you don't mind......I keep thinking that Mooshelle and John Kerry would make a nice couple, both so tall and ..........well, I can't say it. My mother would wash my mouth out with soap........

  2. Like the numbers are fake is a surprise. All we have to do is look around. Apparently Michelle has not heard that her husband is passing out food stamps like a drunken sailor and the schools now think they are all day restaurants.

  3. Washington22 says:

    I always like the subject of a site to be MOOSHELLE. She never disappoints. Either her phony programs, or her clothing or her vacations.......all are a BOMB. She is a total failure. Try tho they might to put lip stick on that pig, they can't . Personally,I can't stand looking at her........or him.

  4. rusureuwant2know says:

    Of course, they're never going to admit the negative impact they have on some people (rebellion can be blatant or subtle - and some people will gain weight on purpose or simply because putting pressure on people makes matters worse).

  5. Just like Hillary Clinton's achievements as the Secretary of State. What did she accomplish except to get 4 US Personnel, including the Ambassador, killed. And to this day we do not know the whole story about Benghazi.

    Wake me up when something interesting comes up.

  6. It's contagious, the whole family lies with every breath. They can't help it. Both of these _________ (fill in the blank) need mental health cures. Both are just full of themselves. It's no wonder they view the U S treasury as their personal piggy bank.