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Michelle Obama to Appear on Mike Huckabee's Fox News Show

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First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on Mike Huckabee's Fox News program this weekend, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Huckabee, the past and possibly future Republican presidential candidate, is having the first lady on to discuss her efforts to fight childhood obesity. Huckabee has struggled with weight problems and wrote a book entitled "Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork: A 12-Step Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle" after losing more than 100 pounds.

The former Arkansas governor had kind words for Michelle Obama for taking on childhood obesity. Speaking to U.S. News, he said it "is not a left/right, liberal/conservative, Democrat/Republican issue. This is an issue that falls beyond what I call the 'horizontal' issues of left and right and rises to the 'vertical' level of up or down."

Huckabee, whose show does not exclusively focus on politics, added that obesity isn't something "that government can fix and shouldn't attempt to regulate people's behavior, but rather to follow the same framework that has marked other significant cultural shifts in health behavior."

He said the government role is "not to regulate personal behavior and private business but to regulate itself and its institutions."

The first lady's anti-childhood obesity initiative, "Let's Move," is focused on (1) helping consumers make nutritious choices by working with food companies to place nutrition information like calorie counts on the front of packaging; (2) making the meals offered in schools healthier, with fewer fats and more produce; (3) finding ways at school and home to help kids exercise at least 60 minutes a day; and (4) improving access to healthy and affordable food in underserved areas through tax credits and incentives.

The appearance will be Michelle Obama's first on Fox News. Obama and Huckabee also plan to discuss other issues, including life in the White House.