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The one sure thing about accessing data is that it can be manipulated to support or refute whatever political agenda you wish to promote. 

And so when the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released the results of a major study on obesity last year, some in the federal government, including the office of first lady Michelle Obama, saw a political opportunity.

However in all fairness to the First Lady, that’s what politicians do, perhaps not to this extent, however this is the Obama Administration.

Although the study released  by JAMA were small and results were mixed, showing that obesity rates for children between two and 19 years old hovered around 17% over the past decade.

Other groups, such as elderly woman, have seen obesity rates increase according to the research conducted by Cynthia Ogden, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

And if your Michelle Obama and you have a pet project such as childhood obesity and that one piece of information happens to be positive in that obesity rates for children between two and five years old fell from 13.9% in 2003-2004 to 8.4% in 2011-2012, you're going to spin it to your advantage.

However emails obtained by The Daily Caller through a Freedom of Information Act  request show, the White House wanted the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to highlight that news while ignoring the rest in order to lend credence to Michelle’s pet childhood obesity project.

Source: Daily Caller

 

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