Proud2Bme | Michelle Obama Tells Her Daughters To Focus on Health, Not Weight

Michelle Obama Tells Her Daughters To Focus on Health, Not Weight

When the First Lady was asked what she tells Sasha and Malia about weight and body image, she said her message is that "eating healthy isn't about how you look; it's about how you feel."

Michelle Obama said that she wants to set a positive example for her daughters by being the kind of mother who is "embracing the physical side of herself, who's not afraid to sweat and to fall and jump and be silly...It's not that serious. You don't have to be a great athlete, you just have to be willing to get out there and do it."

She also wants her daughters to know that it's not about being thin: "We talk always in terms of health, not physical beauty...When we talk about what to eat, it's not, 'Don't eat that because it'll make you fat; it's about 'This is what a breakfast needs to look like if you want to have the energy to get through soccer practice.'"

What do you think of the First Lady's approach? How does your mom talk to you about health, weight, and body image?

Facebook discussion

get help

 

About Us

Proud2Bme is an online community created by and for teens. We cover everything from fashion and beauty to news, culture, and entertainment—all with the goal of promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight.

This site was developed in partnership with Riverduinen and made possible by generous contributions from JPMorgan Chase, Globant, the University of Delaware, and The Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation.

Proud2Bme was first launched in the Netherlands by Riverduinen, a mental health organization that has licensed the concept to the National Eating Disorders Association. Unless otherwise noted, all original content on this site is copyright The National Eating Disorders Association. The Proud2Bme brand, logos, and trademarks are property of Rivierduinen.