In the first two years since First Lady Michelle Obama launched her ‘Let’s Move’ campaign to fight childhood obesity in 2010, teenage obesity rates increased, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
From 2009-2010, 18.4 percent of children ages 12-19 were classified as obese, according to the CDC. Since then, from 2011-2012, one in five children ages 12-19 or 20.5 percent, were classified as obese, an increase of 11.4 percent. The CDC has been tracking these data since 1966-1970, and at that time only 4.6 percent of teens were classified as obese.
“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake,” Mrs. Obama said at the time of the Let’s Move program launch. “This isn’t the kind of problem that can be solved overnight, but with everyone working together, it can be solved. So, let’s move.”