According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier today, obesity rates among low-income preschoolers modestly declined in 19 U.S. states and territories between 2008 and 2011.

For the first time in her adult life, First Lady Michelle Obama is proud of our nation’s low-income overweight kids — and she specifically cites her Let’s Move! initiative as a factor:

Today’s announcement reaffirms my belief that together, we are making a real difference in helping kids across the country get a healthier start to life.  We know how essential it is to set our youngest children on a path towards a lifetime of healthy eating and physical activity, and the more than 10,000 childcare programs participating in the Let’s Move! Child Care initiative are doing vitally important work on this front.

Sam Kass, the executive director of Let’s Move!, was even less bashful about taking credit:

When we launched Let’s Move! in 2010, many people saw no end in sight to rising rates of childhood obesity. But, today a light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to emerge. The evidence is in, and we could not be more excited!

Many Twitter users took time out to personally thank Michelle Obama for her great work:

https://twitter.com/Phillip_PetRock/status/364825888736559105

Even the Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, got in on the act:

We hate to rain on the parade, but does Mrs. Obama really deserve to be feasting on all this praise?

The period of time analyzed by the CDC researchers was 2008 to 2011. Let’s Move! wasn’t announced until February 2010. By the time the program was implemented, much of the observed decline in childhood obesity presumably had already occurred.

But that’s not the worst of it. Scientific American, in an article published last December, said that the decline in childhood obesity among low-income kids began in 2003.

That would be six years before the Obamas arrived at the White House:

A subtle but important shift in early childhood obesity rates in this low-income population seems to have begun in 2003. Obesity rates increased from 13.05 percent in 1998 to 15.21 percent in 2003. Soon, however, obesity rates began decreasing, reaching 14.94 percent by 2010. Extreme obesity followed a similar pattern, increasing from 1.75 percent to 2.22 percent from 1998 to 2003, but declining to 2.07 percent by 2010.

Public health agencies and the Obama Administration have made battling childhood obesity a priority, although these findings suggest that early childhood obesity rates, at least, were already beginning to decline nearly a decade ago.

When, ahem, Republican President George W. Bush was in office.

But never mind all that. Think of all the kids who have had the opportunity to enjoy Michelle Obama’s delicious school lunches.

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  • PRDiddy

    I wish the FLOTUS would float her and her big eared husband out of the White House for good!

    • justthefaxs

      Hey, watch those comments about the ears…….

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/JayJay3Fifty7 JJ357

        AHAHAHAHHAAAAAAAAA!

  • UrDumber

    I think the reduction in childhood obesity is all Bush’s fault

    • Frank Drebin

      Obviously, these fat kids are sweating more
      pounds off because of Global Warming™

      Thanks, Global Warming™ !!

      • Teddi

        The kids can plainly see how fat and pig like Moochelle is and don’t want to be like her….

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/JayJay3Fifty7 JJ357

      Sweet.

  • Wag_a_Muffin (D)

    Thank the flotus and pass the buttered sweet potatoes!

  • OpenTheDoor

    Just wondering, if she has been working on this 10 years, just how big was her booty?

    • LibLieExposer

      It was so big it’s why the Hubble telescope was launched. Had to put something that far up to capture it all.

  • adam

    I think the president helped too with taking more families off full time jobs and putting them on less paying part time jobs….. weight loss all around.

  • 24601

    I wasn’t an obese child 25 years ago, and now I know why! Thanks FLOTUS!

    Spare me!!!! I can’t deal with this anymore!

  • cyndo123

    “According to a report
    released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    earlier today, obesity rates among low-income preschoolers modestly
    declined in 19 U.S. states and territories between 2008 and 2011.”
    Yep thank you dear FLOTUS.. More people are starving.

    • Lisa Dean

      Completely agree. It’s hard to stay fat if Mommy and Daddy are unemployed and don’t qualify for food stamps…

    • Tom Hanthorn

      But ptogrsm was not announced till 210… pl as gerism of achrivement

  • Mike

    Here’s my take on this. LOW INCOME. Are those poor kids even getting fed? I can’t stand what the Obama’s “think” they represent. Reprehensible, Egotistical, Self Serving, 2 faced, thieves.

    • Emily B

      I thought poor kids didn’t have any food. Isn’t that why I’m paying for their food stamps and school lunches? How can they be fat?

  • John Howard

    But Michelle, I thought they were all starving because of missed meals.

  • Cartoon Prophet

    it is a tradition… like Barry getting his Nobel BEFORE doing anything..

    • Damien Johnson

      I was convinced he earned it back then… ugh.

      • mike_in_kosovo

        But now you know better…kudos to you for having an open mind and being willing to listen to countervailing views and change, Damien.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    And next week she’s raising the weekly chocolate ration to 20 grams!

  • Sharon Feddersen

    THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH FOR GETTING THE PROGRAM GOING AND MAKING PROGRESS IN CHILDHOOD OBESITY.

  • Steve_J

    The Obama’s are not shy about claiming credit for things they had nothing to do with. Much like their college grades.

    • trixiewoobeans

      And not “taking credit” for what they’re REALLY responsible for, like Benghazi, IRS abuses, Fast & Furious, destruction of healthcare, tanked economy, the derision of the world, etc., etc.

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        AMEN, TRIXIE! Jawamax 8<{D}

      • GaryTheBrave

        Yet Pete Rose is banned from baseball for gambling.

      • GaryTheBrave

        Yet Pete Rose is banned from baseball for gambling.

  • Brother bob

    Of course the rate fell. Didn’t this fugly wench read the news? Her food were starving the children because it sucked.

  • Stephen L. Hall

    Most countries worry about their poor not having enough to eat and being malnourished and underweight. The promise of America that the poor have to worry about obesity and too sedentary a life watching too much television.

    • oconnellc

      Really?

    • GaryTheBrave

      The reason kids were getting fat is the sane CDC determined that all the fun things kids loved to do outside were unsafe. This is the same CDC that determined it is safer to put children in the back seat so they would be safer in case of a crash. Now kids die in cars because their parents forgot they were there. Out of sight, out of mind.

    • GaryTheBrave

      The reason kids were getting fat is the sane CDC determined that all the fun things kids loved to do outside were unsafe. This is the same CDC that determined it is safer to put children in the back seat so they would be safer in case of a crash. Now kids die in cars because their parents forgot they were there. Out of sight, out of mind.

  • Otter2

    The tune in the NFL PSA’s was catchy. She didn’t compose that.

  • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

    So, it’s Bush’s fault!

  • Garth Haycock

    Does she take credit for her getting fatter since Dear Leader was “elected”?

  • Thyu

    Mooch interfering with 10,000 school programs should chill America’s soul.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      We need those 10,000 programs….. LIKE WE NEED A HOLE IN THE HEAD!! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Will P.

    FLOUTS: You didn’t build that.

    • Love of Country

      BAM!

  • HoneyTree EvilEye

    Can’t express the shame I feel knowing Castro is the mayor of my city. But as a whole Latinos have always been bought and paid for by Democrats. Especially here in Texas, and it never mattered if they were Mexican or American.

    • Michelle

      You’re not alone in your shame. Los Angeles’ Mayor Tony Villaraigosa just left office (thank you term limits!), but spent most of his time on the campaign trail for the Obama’s and chairing the DNC, all while things back home were in a bit of a financial crunch. The Dems and Latinos here vote this way: Straight down the ballot, any Latino last name gets the vote.

  • Michelle

    I haven’t been overweight since the day I was born 46 yrs ago! THANK YOU FLOTUS!

  • Maxx

    Let’s sum up this news in a way only Twitchy members can appreciate.

    1. “This childhood obesity problem is a “phoney” one.”

    “But wait….the rates are going down!”

    OK fine….but

    2. “WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?”

    “Because, if we can save just one child’s life.”

    Ok fine…let’s

    3. BAN ALL BUCKETS OF KFC CONTAINING MORE THAN FOUR DRUMSTICKS!

  • FaithColeridge33

    I have absolutely nothing of import to add to this silly topic. So I thought I would just add my new, favorite picture.

  • Markward

    FLOTUS didn’t built that.

  • Barbara Bell

    I really don’t think Michelle Obama is responsible for this…unless we are talking about the kids who are throwing lunches in the garbage because they hate the food. I would lose weight then…She just wants everyone to thank her, she has a big ego like her MAN!!!

  • Stu Gotts

    Yes but will she take credit for her own increase in obesity? Or whom will she blame?

    • tops116

      It must’ve been that damn YouTube video again! Or George Bush, yeah!

  • Rich

    With the size of her rear end, she has no right telling anyone how to eat.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      She gets a big Butt, and Poor kids have to “Go on a Diet?” That’s COMPLETELY BASS-ACKWARDS! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • annoyinglittletwerp

    My 19 year old son has an explanation why childhood obesity rates have dropped. According to Spawn,It IS because of the FLOTUS. Kids take one look at her-and then lose their appetites.

  • FilleGitane

    Obesity rates have declined among kids because Moochele is stealing their portions.

    • tops116

      “Please, ma’am, I want some more.”
      “What?”
      “Please, ma’am, I want some more.”
      “MORE?!”

  • rickg62

    Sure the obesity rate is dropping, the kids won’t eat the crap the schools are forced to serve them.

  • tops116

    Kids are running to McDonalds and such to avoid having to eat the food Michelle promotes. The irony is, some of them had to wait in line behind her while she ordered several burgers and fries.

  • Chip

    Kids getting thinner because their parents can’t afford to give them fast food and twinkies anymore. The kids won’t eat the crap they try to give them at school anymore. So, yeah, she and her spouse can take claim for that one.

  • Spasmolytic

    Michele Obama found the secret to reducing childhood obesity. If you serve school children crap they wont eat it.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      They’d rather bring “Assault Foods,” like Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches… In a BROWN BAG! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • aztectrumpet

    The obesity rate started falling after they took away sodas it sounds like. They took away soda at my middle school probably in 2002- maybe early 2003. I don’t remember if that was a national thing or a school-district thing though.

  • Truth

    I think twitchy censored me for calling FLOTUS a phony and saying that she has a fat a$$.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      You’re absolutely RIGHT on both accounts! THE TRUTH SHOULD NOT BE CENSORED! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • in_awe

    Ahem, she should share the credit with her hubby who managed to put tens of millions more on foodstamps, and many millions more on restricted diets as their jobs evaporated or converted to part-time. Way to go! Yea White House duo!

  • dmar003

    if you really want a big decrease in obese kids in the lower income families, shut down mcdonalds. the reson that these kids are over weight because they cannot afford the croceries that you need for healthy meals. think it about this way: you buy the foods at a crocerie store and make dinner with these fresh croceries you just bought. the total for all of it is $50 for that money you could go to mcdonalds and order what you want it only cost you $20. and another thing we are a sedament state. we donot have to do any type of manual labor, or anything of that nature. (i had jobs that were manual labor). the kids just sit there and do nothing, they would rather play Halo then to eat at the dinner table.
    maybe we can shut down ALL of the video games and t.v programs, like that will ever happen. why don’t they bring back the after school programs, basket ball, football, or just an area that kids can read. mrs obama doesnot know anything about being over weight. or anything else.

    • Rena

      How can you blame McDonalds when its the parents who are responsible for what their kids eat not fast food places. Or how about our schools cutting many of the PE programs, especially in elementary, middle and Jr High? Not to mention the amount of kids staying inside playing Video games or watching TV instead of going outside to play.. The only exercise people are getting is pointing their finger at others…. Its time to stop pointing the finger at others and start being responsible for our own actions..

  • twistedgenius

    I believe the reduction in childhood obesity of low-income preschoolers is because since Obama took office there has not been many jobs. And the familes on food stamps are stuggling even worse. So that would mean less food on the table, which equals less eating, which in return means loss of weight. So sure Michelle can claim that because of her, and her husband. They have helped in the decline of obese children.

  • TYPE O NEGATIVE

    It’s probably because parents can’t afford to feed their kids anymore thanks to the dumbass in charge.

  • stdog

    I would like to thank errors in reporting, poor information and biased research for the drop in obesity rates…

  • brewerandpatriot

    So she takes credit for the high price of energy/gasoline that leads to higher prices at the grocery store which ends in less food on the dinner table? Great f@#$ing job Flotus!

  • John Smith

    The only credit she should take is her non-stop siphoning of tax payer money for her lavish vacations.

  • EDUCATEDPATRIOT

    Her husband got a damned Nobel Prize for doing absolutely NOTHING, so this is no big deal.

  • Keith Panco

    Have you noticed yet that it seems we are living in the old Soviet Union? The press present such a rosy picture of these idiots. The press acts like a part of the White House.

    • ss396

      Acts like?

  • Thomas Holloway

    The term ‘float me’ or as she uses this term as her twitter name ‘float us’ is an old term used to ask another to ‘help pay my way for awhile’….can you ‘float me’ another week?

  • Sydneyck

    Oh…Gag Me! She and her husband will take credit for creating the world if given half a chance! People are so stupid to think those two idiots in OUR White House walk on water! God – please help us all!

  • rennyangel2

    It’s ok–Hilliary was named for the Everest climber (even though the event happened years after she was born) and she was shot at in Bosnia (but unfortunately the imaginary bullets never struck her anywhere vital). And Bubba never had sex with THAT woman (wag finger at the camera).

  • Frank Rustyak

    Well, obviously, if there was a decline in low-income obesity during the Bush years, it must because he was starving the poor kids…

  • The Penguin

    So much praise for so little…both of them.

  • Jim

    The one and only thing that’s not Bush’s fault

  • Trudy Hill

    Great work while you were shamed to be an American, eyeroll.

  • CJ

    Maybe a reason behind a drop in obesity rates has more to do with families not being able to afford food because of her hubby’s failed policies and economy?

  • sickofitall1096

    How dare you take away from what FWOTUS (First Wookie of the United States) has done with…FACTS!

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Hey #FWOTUS #FirstWookie You ain’t MY MOMMA! “LET US EAT CAKE!” Jawamax 8<{D}

  • stuckinIL4now

    The thing is that it may not necessarily be due to healthy eating. They’re probably just eating less cuz there are fewer tasty choices and they’re tossing the unappetizing barf-inducing cardboard and gruel the Mooch has forced on them with the food edicts she’s been allowed to impose that apparently don’t apply to her.

  • stuckinIL4now

    The thing is that it may not necessarily be due to healthy eating. They’re probably just eating less cuz there are fewer tasty choices and they’re tossing the unappetizing barf-inducing cardboard and gruel the Mooch has forced on them with the food edicts she’s been allowed to impose that apparently don’t apply to her.

  • JohnEMack

    Awesome, obesity rates are down and have been going down. Good job Laura Bush and Michelle Obama and everyone else who has ever been involved. Are we finished being outraged yet, or can we consider this particular item closed?

  • Lisa Dean

    FLOTUS/POTUS – taking credit when it’s not theirs. Laying blame when it’s their problem. #HopeAndChangeChicagoStyle

    • ss396

      POTUS + FLOTUS = DOOFUS

  • TexasGirl

    LMAO! She and her husband are shameless – absolutely shameless. Without our stupid liberal media, we never would have heard from these two clowns.

  • justthefaxs

    HEY watch that comment about his ears…….

  • Not Anonymous

    She cured obesity like Nancy Reagan cured drug abuse.

  • ztitans1

    Childhood Obesity is on the decline because more out of work parents are trading their food stamp dollars for crack & heroine instead of junk food.

  • radicallyalyssa

    Honesty, I don’t care whom takes credit for what: childhood obesity is NOT good, and as someone still suffering from childhood habits and obesity, I advocate ANY help, even if MO’s head gets bigger in the process.

  • ss396

    If we are to congratulate the First Lady for falling obesity rates in 18 States, then we must also blame her for the rising obesity rates in 32 States.

  • Lisa Wiese

    Am I missing something here?? They keep saying, over and over, ‘low income children’, so cutting back on their food stamps is not rational?? How can low income be obese?? Does it not take money to ‘fatten the calf’, maybe, just maybe, they are getting too many damn food stamps!!

  • JayEvans

    What a total piece of crap science. The authors have no idea why. They even imply that it may simply be due to a large increase in the number of kids on food assistance, skewing the numbers.

  • JayEvans

    What a total piece of crap science. The authors have no idea why. They even imply that it may simply be due to a large increase in the number of kids on food assistance, skewing the numbers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.sweeney.108 Jon Sweeney

    Pandering to the moron vote…

  • JMM

    She’s just as obnoxious, arrogant, and full of crap as Barry!

  • Tom Hanthorn

    Timrline too short. Smells of thr flsvor of Barry’s nobel prize….a non acheivement beginning before the program announcrement. Get r done. Then brag