First Lady Michelle Obama's efforts to get kids -- and adults -- to eat healthy -- has earned her accolades, as well as criticism that she's got something against dessert.
So even as she addressed childhood obesity, she sought to set the record straight Tuesday at an event in New Orleans, a city accustomed to indulgences.
"Treats, children, are an important part of childhood. Don't get me wrong. I'm not a treat hater," Obama said at the National Council of La Raza's 2013 Annual Conference. "They matter for adults as well."
Obama said she eats a balanced diet and works out "every single day of the week with very few exceptions." But, she added, "While I am here in New Orleans today, everyone understand: There is no way I am leaving this city without a good meal. No way. Not happening."
Speaking to the Hispanic group, Obama noted nearly 40 percent of Hispanic children in the U.S. are overweight or obese and that nearly 50 percent are on track to develop diabetes.
"While food might be love, the truth is that we are loving ourselves and our kids to death," she said. "So we need to step up. We need to own this as a serious problem in our communities."