Views on Childhood Obesity
The 101st NAACP Convention was filled with board members and delegates to listen to speakers. One of those speakers was the First Lady, Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama attending the convention gave a speech about her “Let’s Move” campaign. During Obama’s speech she advocates the issue occurring that cannot be ignored “Childhood Obesity.” Obama claims that “1 in 3 children is overweight or obese, putting them at a greater risk of obesity related conditions.” Obesity prevents the children of today from having a normal life. Obesity has lead to many diseases such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and even cancer. The speech that Obama gives is persuasive since she is able to influence the public to take action, and form an opinion. She effectively uses rhetoric techniques to motivate her audience. This is shown through her credibility of being the First Lady, statistics of childhood obesity, and the emotional response of the audience, Michelle Obama being the First Lady reflects who she is as a person. Being the wife of the president of the United States shows that she can empower herself to speak about her “Lets Move” campaign. The moment she starts talking about the epidemic of childhood obesity she brings up the concerns of childhood obesity as a caring mother, which she states “Not just as First Lady, but as a mother who believes that we owe it to out to our kids to prepare them for the challenges that we know lie ahead.” This brings up her first component of her “Lets Move” campaign. The first step is to inform the parents “to make healthy decisions for their families.” The way this is achieved is by enforcing parents of knowing how much calories their kids are Collaguazo 2
taking in. It is simple for a parent to get a goody bag or a specific food item for their child, but the downside effect is that parents don’t take a look at the label on how much calories it has. Which is why Obama is working with FDA and food...
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