The Obamas and Food in America: Another Flip-Flop?

Allie Winegar Duzett /

Obesity in America?

Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama launched a campaign against childhood obesity, which is interesting considering President Barack Obama’s past statements on hunger in America.

In November of 2009 — only three short months ago — President Obama “reacted with concern” at a report that Americans are suffering “record levels” of “food insecurity,” according to a report from the Boston Globe.  President Obama was quoted as saying that “it is particularly troubling that there were more than 500,000 families in which a child experienced hunger multiple times over the course of the year.”  In his statement, the President committed to “reversing the trend of rising hunger.”

“In addition, a bill I signed into law last month invests $85 million in new strategies to prevent children from experiencing hunger in the summer,” President Obama said.