As the obesity rate drops for young people, some students still aren’t happy about the quality of food in their schools.
According to the Daily Mail, after a month of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was implemented in schools, teens created the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama in reaction to the quantity and quality of food.
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. The extremely negative reviews have over a million kids refusing to eat the offerings, an ironic result for legislation meant to combat hunger.
Students showed their disappointment of the meals on Twitter.
— Kirstie (@kamartin09) April 7, 2014
Some of the meals were a bit questionable.
While some were on the more sarcastic side:
The cafeteria didn’t serve pie today #thanksmichelleobama
— Michael Schwartz (@TheDinoMike) March 14, 2014
— Bayleigh Garlin (@_AyeBayybayy) October 29, 2013
A number of schools in the program have modified their lunches over student and parent complains. While the quantity continues to be a problem for students, portion control helps maintain a stable metabolism and a balanced diet.
While we understand that teens require sensible food for their growing bodies, childhood obesity is far from a myth. The quality of the food may rest in the school’s hands, not the First Lady’s.
What’s your take?
SOURCE: Daily Mail | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter, Getty