Emails exchanged by Centers for Disease Control press officials show an effort to link a study that found a decrease in childhood obesity to first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, though little evidence connects the two.
One CDC press specialist even gave assurance that a press release she was crafting “gives a shout out” to Obama.
The emails were obtained by The Daily Caller through a Freedom of Information Act request.
“The First Lady is doing a series of events this week to mark the 4th anniversary of Let’s Move so this release highlights the decline in obesity prevalence among children aged 2-5 years,” wrote Karen Hunter, senior press officer at the CDC, in an email written in February.
Hunter and others in the CDC press office were planning press releases for the major study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The study was officially published on February 26th. The CDC press release touting its findings and the “Let’s Move” initiative was released on February 25th.