Washington, DC – The problem was beyond huge and complicated. It was much bigger than all previous epidemics combined. We’d spent many billions searching for a viable solution. But in the end, the solution was as simple as helping kids learn to physically pull their own weight (do pull ups) and suddenly, like Puff the Magic Dragon, the childhood obesity monster ceased its fearless roar. It melted away like Frosty the Snowman on the first day of spring.
The Chicago Spark
The initial spark for this movement began almost a decade ago now. In the spring of 2012 in the western suburbs of Chicago, several physical education teachers and a handful of outliers from the medical community recognized and threw a bright spotlight on the blatantly obvious – obese kids can’t do pull ups. The logical flip side of this commonly held knowledge was, if you CAN do pull ups, the odds of being obese are miniscule. It really was that simple.
With that thought in mind, and with the backing of grants from a local charitable trust, schools around the Chicago area began to devise ways to help their students learn to physically pull their own weight. One thing led to another and they discovered that most students were able to achieve their goals in one school year or less.
Naturally Immunized Themselves
And once they’d crossed that finish line, students needed only to eat and exercise in ways that allowed them to maintain their newly developed ability. With all this in hand, they’d successfully armed themselves with the tools required defend themselves against the onslaught of the global obesity industrial complex. In the process, they also naturally immunized themselves against obesity (along with the myriad of related problems) for life.
Let’s Move Created a Drumbeat
Childhood obesity crusader Michelle Obama – a Chicagoan herself – picked up on the idea and shortly afterwards began encouraging kids around the country to develop the ability to physically pull their own weight. The phrase became the drumbeat of Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and it spread like wildfire across the nation.
Physically, Academically, and Emotionally…
Now almost a decade later, with the smoke subsiding, we see high schools across the USA graduating classes full of students, all of whom can pull their own weight physically, academically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, politically, and economically. They’ve also naturally immunized themselves against obesity, and in the process they’ve undermined the rising health care costs that back then threatened to bankrupt the American economy.
At a ceremony on the White House lawn yesterday, former 1st Lady Obama announced that the long and winding war on childhood obesity had finally come to a conclusion. “Mission accomplished,” she said. “We’re fundamentally a different nation today then we were a decade ago. And it has a lot to do with a generation of kids who took the responsibility to learn to physically pull their own weight. May you never lose that hard won ability,” she added.