'I'll never forgive Michelle Obama for this school lunch': Students sick of smaller, healthier portions take to social media to rail against first lady's pet project
By DAILY MAIL REPORTERS
PUBLISHED: 05:12, 7 April 2014 | UPDATED: 05:21, 7 April 2014
American public school students sick of the smaller portions and healthier offerings they get at lunch thanks to Michelle Obama's anti-obesity initiatives are sounding off on social media.
Just a month after school lunch participation saw the steepest drop on record following the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, students tired of going home hungry are making sure the first lady knows why.
'I'll never forgive Michelle Obama for this school lunch,' tweeted one angry student.
Small portions: Students who rely on school lunch for five meals a week are complaining en masse via social media about the changes Michelle Obama's pet anti-obesity legislation has made to their lunches
Many of the tweets have come complete with photos of sad looking lunches, some of which don't even look all that healthy.
The extremely negative reviews have over a million kids refusing to eat the offerings, an ironic result for legislation meant to combat hunger.
The first lady rolled out the law's final regulations in January 2012 with a presentation linked to her 'Let's Move!' children's health initiative. Changes took effect that fall. In the ensuing nine months, 33 states cited 'challenges with palatability – food that tasted good to students' as one reason sales tumbled.
Don't like it: Not only do the kids say it's not enough, but they're complaining it tastes terrible, too
Not interested: A government watchdog group recorded the steepest drop in school lunch participation on record in the year following the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
Hard to believe: One parent even tweeted her outrage over the lunches
Outraged: Some students became irate about the change in their lunch and blamed the president and first lady personally with the help of Twitter
One change in the nutrition standards, a reduction in the maximum calorie-count of each meal, came under fire from student-athletes at the high school level who complained that their bodies needed more food in order to sustain long workouts and build muscle mass.
Adolescent outrage over the smaller portions led a group of teens at Wallace County High School in Sharon Springs, Kansas to publish an online music video, aimed at Mrs. Obama, titled 'We Are Hungry.'
Millions have watched it on YouTube.
Mrs. Obama has spent a great deal of time on her school lunch agenda. Will it be derailed by outraged adolescents?
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