Wal-Mart announced that it would make thousands of it foods available lower in salts, fats and sugars.Â The company had been in discussions with First Lady, Michelle Obama, who's made reducing childhood obesity and healthy eating a huge part of her White House agenda.Â Last year Mrs. Obama launched her "Let's Move" initiative. The aim is to raise a healthier generation of children.Â
"In the end, as First Lady, this isnâ€™t just a policy issue for me. This is a passion.Â This is my mission. I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition."
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. Many will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives and others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.
This move by the nation's largest retailer is expected to have a spillover effect as the company pressures its suppliers to also cut salt, sugar and fat content.Â Many of its competitors are expected to also jump on the bandwagon.Â Wal-Mart officials said they are also going to drop prices on fruits and vegetables and eliminate extra costs associated with foods made with whole grains.
What is your opinion?Â Will this plan reduce obesity?Â Is this just an attempt by Wal-Mart to open more stores in urban settings; where they've been denied access in the past?Â Is First Lady, Michelle Obama's involvement in the initiative overreaching by the White House?
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has characterized Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaignÂ as government interference.
"Instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician's wife priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back," Palin told radio host Laura Ingraham in November.
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