TICKER: US First Lady Michelle Obama talks to iVillage on her body image, “50 Shades of Grey”, and the first family’s private life

Lady Michelle Obama talked to iVillage recently where she served as guest editor and offered advice on having a positive body image, she also discussed  50 Shades of Grey, and the importance of having girlfriends. In an exclusive video interview With iVillage Chief Correspondent Kelly Wallace, Mrs. Obama revealed details about the first family’s health habits, the importance of her girlfriends, offering support to Sasha and Malia and more.  iVillage is one of the number one spots online for women’s important issues.

Here are the highlights:

On Quitting Smoking:

(Barack) stopped. And I have to say that I know that his ability to ultimately kick the habit was because of the girls, because they’re at the age now where you can’t hide. It’s clear.  So when it comes to smoking, we’re very clear — it’s not good for you; it’s addicting. And Barack used himself as an example of how difficult it was…I think that he didn’t want to look his girls in the eye and tell them that they shouldn’t do something that he was still doing.  So they played an important role in him finally saying, I’ve got to get this done. It wasn’t the presidency; it wasn’t the pressure from me; it wasn’t even his own health because he wasn’t a big smoker.

Asked if she’s read “50 Shades of Grey:

You know, you can’t live in this society without hearing about “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Everybody has heard about that book, including me. Neither of us (the President or First Lady) have read it, because I haven’t had time to read anything. But I have a lot of friends, staff, people who are reading it, so it’s all around.

Asked why she thinks it’s so popular:

Not having read it, it’s hard to know exactly what’s going on. But it’s obviously tacked into something, and giving people permission to explore parts of themselves that maybe felt a bit taboo. But I don’t know, that’s just a good guess.

What healthy habit has been easiest to form since coming to the White House?

Surprisingly, the best healthy habit is eating dinner together on a regular basis. And I think we underestimate the importance of families sitting down around the table at a set time. And it’s hard for many families.

It was hard for us until we got to the White House, but we talk about this all the time. Barack can at least control that part of his schedule. He can stop whatever he is doing, come home at 6:30 p.m. We kind of structure our lives around mealtime. And right now, the people who mess that schedule up these days are the kids, because they’re busy and they have things that they’re doing and afterschool activities, and sports and games and things like that.

And also just having a kitchen full of healthy snacks — and I say this all the time — I need it more than my kids need it, because if there’s a bag of chips in my cabinet, I’m going to eat them. I’m going to eat them, and I’m going to eat them until they’re gone, right?

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