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Michelle Obama makes obesity campaign personal

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Campaigning against childhood obesity, first lady Michelle Obama says she knows firsthand how tough it can be for stressed parents to fix their kids’ bad eating and exercise habits.

The first lady said her own daughters were starting to get off-track before their pediatrician warned her to watch it. She says the family turned things around by cutting out weekday TV time, paying more attention to portion sizes and sneaking more fruits and vegetables onto the table.

Mrs. Obama appeared at a YMCA in Alexandria, Va., Thursday with Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, who issued a report calling obesity a major public health problem.

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