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Complaints Mount Against Michelle Obama’s New Lunch Menu

Posted by on Sep. 25, 2012 at 7:46 AM
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In Wisconsin, high school athletes are complaining about not getting enough to eat each day, due to the skimpy new school lunch menu mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama.

The story we published earlier this week on that subject is unfortunately not unique. Students across the country are complaining about the new school lunch regulations.

Perhaps the real motive is to starve students into slimming down. Just ask students in Pierre, South Dakota who, too, are in an all-out revolt.

"I know a lot of my friends who are just drinking a jug of milk for their lunch. And they are not getting a proper meal," middle school student Samantha Gortmaker told Keloland.com.

Despite the fact that the new regulations have increased the cost of a lunch 20 to 25 cents per plate, it’s not pleasing students.

Some are throwing away their vegetables while others are adapting to the rules by becoming industrious. In New Bedford, Massachusetts, students have created a black market - for chocolate syrup. The kiddie capitalists are smuggling in bottles of it and selling it by the squeeze, according to SouthCoastToday.com.

Nancy Carvalho, director of food services for New Bedford Public Schools, was quoted as saying that hummus and black bean salads have been tough sells in elementary cafeterias. That means even smaller children are going through the day fighting hunger pains, which can never be considered a good thing.

One government official tried to put the blame on the students.

"One thing I think we need to keep in mind as kids say they're still hungry is that many children aren't used to eating fruits and vegetables at home, much less at school. So it's a change in what they are eating. If they are still hungry, it's that they are not eating all the food that's being offered," USDA Deputy Undersecretary Janey Thornton was quoted as saying.

Ms. Thornton just put her finger on the problem. The government is trying to impose a new diet that children are not accustomed to. It’s not reasonable to expect them to either eat what the government deems healthy or go hungry.

Many will opt to go hungry, and that’s the government’s fault.

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candlegal
by Judy on Sep. 25, 2012 at 7:48 AM
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rfurlongg
by on Sep. 25, 2012 at 8:06 AM
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1 in 3 children are obese, something must be done. Changing unhealthy habits is never easy or fun. If you do not like what the first lady (and MANY others trying to improve public school lunches) are doing, propose something better. Be the change you want to see.
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LoganTroyMom
by Bronze Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 8:08 AM
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A pbj at lunch does not cause obesity. This is dumb. Band aid on a broken arm.

Quoting rfurlongg:

1 in 3 children are obese, something must be done. Changing unhealthy habits is never easy or fun. If you do not like what the first lady (and MANY others trying to improve public school lunches) are doing, propose something better. Be the change you want to see.
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batmansgirl
by Bronze Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 8:08 AM
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I wasn't aware that Michelle was a licensed nutritionist. If the students don't like the food or if their still hungry they might want to think about bringing their own lunch. It's terrible to go hungry.

batmansgirl
by Bronze Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM
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Instead of changing the lunches maybe PE should be mandatory for all grades.

Quoting LoganTroyMom:

A pbj at lunch does not cause obesity. This is dumb. Band aid on a broken arm.

Quoting rfurlongg:

1 in 3 children are obese, something must be done. Changing unhealthy habits is never easy or fun. If you do not like what the first lady (and MANY others trying to improve public school lunches) are doing, propose something better. Be the change you want to see.


LoganTroyMom
by Bronze Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 8:13 AM
It was when i was in school less thsn a decade ago?

Quoting batmansgirl:

Instead of changing the lunches maybe PE should be mandatory for all grades.

Quoting LoganTroyMom:

A pbj at lunch does not cause obesity. This is dumb. Band aid on a broken arm.



Quoting rfurlongg:

1 in 3 children are obese, something must be done. Changing unhealthy habits is never easy or fun. If you do not like what the first lady (and MANY others trying to improve public school lunches) are doing, propose something better. Be the change you want to see.


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rfurlongg
by on Sep. 25, 2012 at 8:14 AM
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Of course school lunches do not cause obesity, but they are a contributing factor. Stats range between 60-70% of students rely on reduced and free lunch for their main meals. If that one meal can be improved, it should be imo.

Quoting LoganTroyMom:

A pbj at lunch does not cause obesity. This is dumb. Band aid on a broken arm.



Quoting rfurlongg:

1 in 3 children are obese, something must be done. Changing unhealthy habits is never easy or fun. If you do not like what the first lady (and MANY others trying to improve public school lunches) are doing, propose something better. Be the change you want to see.
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batmansgirl
by Bronze Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 8:15 AM
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I don't know for sure about now. But you would think instead of kids going hungry that more physical activity would be better.

Quoting LoganTroyMom:

It was when i was in school less thsn a decade ago?

Quoting batmansgirl:

Instead of changing the lunches maybe PE should be mandatory for all grades.

Quoting LoganTroyMom:

A pbj at lunch does not cause obesity. This is dumb. Band aid on a broken arm.



Quoting rfurlongg:

1 in 3 children are obese, something must be done. Changing unhealthy habits is never easy or fun. If you do not like what the first lady (and MANY others trying to improve public school lunches) are doing, propose something better. Be the change you want to see.



rfurlongg
by on Sep. 25, 2012 at 8:16 AM
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It is my children's school. I agree it should be everywhere. Exercise and nutrition should go hand in hand.

Quoting batmansgirl:

Instead of changing the lunches maybe PE should be mandatory for all grades.

Quoting LoganTroyMom:

A pbj at lunch does not cause obesity. This is dumb. Band aid on a broken arm.



Quoting rfurlongg:

1 in 3 children are obese, something must be done. Changing unhealthy habits is never easy or fun. If you do not like what the first lady (and MANY others trying to improve public school lunches) are doing, propose something better. Be the change you want to see.


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denise3680
by Gold Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 8:19 AM
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It would appear if these kids want more to eat then they should bring their own lunches to school.  this sounds more a problem of the kids not wanting to eat healthy, than not having enough to eat.  These are guidelines and new incentives to get our kids back on track.  Our kids are obese and parents seem to want to make excuses and point fingers instead of trying to help solve the problem.

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