Michelle Obama picks pediatrician to lead her anti-obesity campaign for children


I shudder to think what Barbie McCain would be advocating for...

A leading pediatrician is taking over as executive director of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign against childhood obesity, the White House announced Friday.

Judith Palfrey is a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and was the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the nation's largest pediatric organization. She'll be taking leave from her post as director of the Children's International Pediatric Center at Children's Hospital in Boston during her stint with the first lady.

"It was my children's pediatrician who first told me that I needed to pay closer attention to my children's health so I understand the significance doctors play in family health," Obama said in a statement. "That's why we are eager to welcome Judy Palfrey to the White House where I know that she will take the Let’s Move! program to new heights."