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Michelle Obama says her favorite foods are pizza and fries

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First lady Michelle Obama may be most known to many for her healthy school lunch initiative, which is why her personal favorite foods could be something of a surprise.

While speaking to children of government employees during Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Wednesday, Obama was asked by a young boy which particular food she enjoys the most.

“Hands down, pizza. Pizza!” the first lady responded enthusiastically. “Don’t you all agree?”

{mosads}Obama went on to refer to pizza as “the ultimate food,” saying that it can be both “junk food” and a healthy snack.

“Almost every Friday I’ll eat, like, a veggie pizza on wheat,” she explained. “Now, that may not be something you like, but I like it.”

“You can have dessert pizza,” Obama continued. “You can do anything with pizza. It’s a very versatile, universally loved food.”

She concluded her praise of pizza by adding, “And I like french fries.”

Since its passage in 2010, Obama’s signature Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which provides funding for school lunches that comply with strict federal nutritional guidelines, has drawn criticism from lawmakers and education professionals who feel its approach is too narrow and leaves students with unappetizing choices that many ultimately reject.

But others, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have praised the program, saying it plays a big part in fighting the growing problem of childhood obesity.

“School meals are healthier now than ever before,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said last year. “We’ve made real progress, but there is much more to do to help American children make food choices that will keep them healthy throughout their lives.”

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