While First Lady Michelle Obama has publicly pushed against childhood obesity, many families struggle with it privately. The Centers for Disease Control say obesity affects 17% of America's children. In this weekly parenting conversation, host Michel Martin explores how obesity affects children and their families. She speaks with Lois Freedman, whose six-year-old daughter struggles with obesity; Saquonte Wilkinson, a high school student battling obesity; Dr. Nizrat Mirza from the Children's National Medical Center; and Kavitha Cardoza, a WAMU reporter who has investigated obesity's effect on children in Washington.
Childhood Obesity Goes Beyond Food And Exercise
By NPR Staff • Jun 7, 2011