Adamant that she's no expert, and even worried that talking about the subject of weight contributes to an unhealthy national obsession with it, Lake is using her celebrity and her personal experience to try to make a dent in childhood obesity through her new program called All Stride, which offers customized meal plans, fitness advice and an online support network.
"It's a basically a lifestyle program for children," Lake said. "I want to empower them to get the information themselves."
Lake said you can't tell children what to do or they'll rebel. Instead, she said, "it's about getting them to want to do it."
Though losing weight and keeping it off takes commitment and determination, Lake herself is an example of how possible the seemingly impossible is.
"It's not easy but I'm telling you, I am not superwoman -- if I can do it, anyone can do it," she said. "And you don't have to do something extreme. You don't have to have surgery, you don't have to, you know, be in a gym all day long."
"You just have to be consistent," she said. "And, you know, be a friend to yourself, not be an enemy."
Talking about this issue on "Good Morning America," Ricki Lake mistakenly used the term "juvenile diabetes" when she meant "type 2 diabetes in children." Click here to read Lake's statement to "GMA":