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Michelle Obama details why her daughters Malia and Sasha’s health was affected when they first lived in the White House

Since becoming First Lady in 2009, Michelle Obama was determined to use her platform for good and made healthy eating and fresh food for children her campaign.

The best-selling author has long advocated for better education when it comes to children and the food they eat, in an attempt to prioritize fresh produce over processed foods.

Now she has revealed that really what inspired her was her daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama, who were seven and ten years old when they became First Daughters.

Speaking on The Drew Barrymore Show about her new show on Netflix, Waffles, and Mochi, Michelle looked back on how difficult she found managing an active career and properly nourishing her daughters.

“I was in that position,” she said of feeling like you just want to feed your children whatever is easiest, continuing: “I was working, I had a full-time job, I was campaigning for my husband, I was on the road…”

She confessed: “I was getting to the point where I couldn’t figure out how to feed my kids healthy foods because I was trying to do what most parents would do, give them something fast and quick.”

However, she also revealed: “I saw my kids’ health being affected by the fact that we did too much fast food, we did too many sugary drinks, and as I’ve always said, it’s about balance.”

She explained: “It’s not that we can’t have fun but when the fun is what you do… so I struggled with that as a parent, and I figured, ‘Here I am college-educated, law degree,’ and I don’t know what to feed my kids, what’s healthy.”

So she set out to find answers to her questions, and improve her daughters’ eating habits along with millions of other children. 

She said: “I set out to embrace this issue and educate us as a nation, but to also help parents learn what works for their kids.”


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