Former first lady Michelle Obama knows about healthy eating. And sometimes that means telling your kids to eat their veggies.

Michelle and Barack both obviously love their kids. But being the "good parent," as she has dubbed her husband, is like being a good president; it's not all fun and games.

She used the apt parenting analogy during her speech at a women's leadership conference on April 5, 2018, to put Barack Obama's presidency in context:

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As you sit down to eat your breakfast in the morning or grab an afternoon snack, take a minute to consider your food, how it was made, and how it got to your plate.

The fruit on your plate were grown and picked on farms, then processed, packaged and sent to the grocery store where you bought them.

Sounds simple, right?

The truth is, that process is anything but simple and at every step in the journey to your plate, harm can be caused to the people who grow it, the communities that need it, and the planet we all call home.

For example, thousands of kids live in food deserts and areas where access to affordable and nutritious food is limited. Around the world, one in three children suffer from some form of malnutrition, and yet, up to 40% of food in the United States is never eaten.

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