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Michelle Obama: No fat tax in U.S.

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WASHINGTON--Denmark will starting charging a fat tax on junk food. First Lady Michelle Obama was asked if it were a good idea for the U.S. and she said folks "don't d telling them what to do."

Mrs. Obama was asked about a fat tax by NBC's Al Roker at a "Let's Move" jumping jack event at the White House on Tuesday.

Roker: "We just had a story about in Denmark they're planning on instituting, like, a, quote, "fat tax," foods that are either high in sugar or high in fat. Do you think something like that is needed here?"

Mrs. Obama: "I think folks need information. You know, knowledge is power. And, you know, we're lacking that. I mean, people eat what they eat because they think it's OK. They don't need government telling them what to do. They just need good information and access."

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