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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome military families to an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome military families to an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)  

Michelle Obama visits Shake Shack

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Alexa Williams
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Since taking the title of first lady, Michelle Obama has become a champion of better eating habits for Americans. That is why it was a surprise to many when the first lady chose the Shake Shack for lunch Monday.

In a 2010 interview with the New York Times, Obama declared her wish to reduce childhood obesity. “That’s the legacy I want,” she said.

To promote this cause the first lady started a movement named “Let’s Move” and, like Eleanor Roosevelt, planted a White House vegetable garden.

Yet her meal at DC’s newest burger joint was over 1,500 calories, the Washington Post reported. Obama enjoyed a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake and a Diet Coke.

“I can’t stop eating them,” the first lady recently said of her favorite food, french fries, in a Q & A with students at University of Cape Town.

Though many of Obama’s food choices have been criticized since the launch of her healthy-eating campaign, she has echoed the words of many nutritionists: “It’s all about moderation.”