Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee support Michelle Obama obesity efforts

Two notable conservative politicians say the first lady's anti-obesity campaign is a worthwhile initiative

Published February 28, 2011 9:29PM (EST)

A number of conservatives -- including Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Andrew Breitbart -- have mocked and derided Michelle Obama for her anti-obesity efforts lately. But it's not all negativity from the conservative camp. The first lady just received shows of support from two unlikely sources: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and possible Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

Obama has spent the past year advocating for healthy living choices and encouraging elected officials, school groups, food producers and parents to help develop solutions to America's obesity epidemic. 

Christie voiced his support for the first lady's obesity initiative on Face the Nation this weekend:

I think it’s a really good goal to encourage kids to eat better. You know, I’ve struggled with my weight for 30 years, and it’s a struggle. And if a kid can avoid that in his adult years or her adult years, more power to them, and I think the first lady’s speaking out well.

Meanwhile, Huckabee -- who also battled with weight loss in the past -- said, "Mrs. Obama was calling attention to a serious problem, not calling for government intrusion."

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