Last week, Michelle Obama began discussion of her anti-obesity initiative by recalling a time when her own daughters' weight was "off balance." It's not the first time the Obamas have mentioned their kids' weight, and it's drawing widespread criticism.
Michelle Obama appeared along with Regina Benjamin — whose own weight has been exhaustively scrutinized by the press — at the January 29 launch of her campaign against childhood obesity. According to Tim Reid of the Times of London (the British press appears to have covered the event better than the Americans), Mrs. Obama kicked off the campaign by "discussing a warning from the First Family's doctor that her own daughters were becoming overweight." She said, "In my eyes I thought my children were perfect [...] I didn't see the changes." She added that Sasha and Malia's doctor "cautioned me that I had to look at my children's BMI" and that "he was concerned that something was getting off balance."