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‘We Are Hungry’ Video Protesting Michelle Obama’s Lunch Initiative Goes Viral [Video]

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We Are Hungry video performers took their angst over the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to the internet, and it has now gone viral. Teachers and students in not only the video, but around the country, are unhappy with the new calorie and protein limit on school lunches. The initiative was heavily promoted by Michelle Obama. Although the First Lady likely had good intentions, the government intervention plan with one-size-fits-all rules are reportedly leaving students hungry. Teenagers admit to sneaking off to chow down at McDonalds, bringing calorie-loaded lunches from home, or buying squirts of chocolate syrup from their enterprising peers who sneak banned foods into the school cafeteria.

English teacher Linda O’Connor penned the We Are Hungry parody after a colleague posted a photo of her school lunch on Facebook. The amount of food on the tray sparked outraged comments from parents, students, and other teachers.

The so-called healthy lunch mandates restrict the amount of protein a school cafeteria can serve; meat is no longer allowed on the breakfast menu, according to The Blaze. Wisconsin high school athletes are particularly outraged at new rules promoted by the United States Department of Agriculture and Michelle Obama. Many of the students perform farm chores before school, have sports practice after school, and do not get home to eat dinner until 8 pm. The teenagers and some concerned teachers have spoken out against the protein and calorie restrictions, claiming that children are going hungry.

Even though the new regulations have reduced the portion size of many items, the cost of a school lunch has increased by 20 to 25 cents per tray in many areas. High school cafeterias are now prohibited from supplying lunch trays which contain more than 850 calories. The standard recommendations for caloric intake is different for males and females, but the USDA did not see fit to make that distinction when drafting the new legislation. A senior football player is allowed no more calories than a 100-pound freshman girl.

Public schools are allegedly seeing a decrease in the number of lunches ordered since the new rules took effect this school year. Students who attend school with an open lunch policy are simply walking home, to nearby fast food restaurants, or to convenience stores to calm their rumbling bellies. Grabbing a bag of chips and a candy bar to supplement the scant offerings on a cafeteria lunch tray is surely not what Michelle Obama and the USDA had in mind when attempting to thwart the mounting obesity problem in the United States. Poor students who do not have any cash in their pockets to go elsewhere for lunch are forced to make do with what is offered at the school.

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25 Responses to “‘We Are Hungry’ Video Protesting Michelle Obama’s Lunch Initiative Goes Viral [Video]”

  1. Dani McEvoy

    It is not even food! It's all genetically modified organisms. GMO's are banned in more than 50 countries yet they are not even labeled here in the U.S- more than 80% of our grocery store items, sold for consumption, include genetically modified ingredients. School lunches, hospital food..probably everything you eat. Look it up, read the latest French research. Genetically modified organisms are not authentic food and they are dangerous to human life. They are proven to cause early death, tumors, infertility, organ failure…Please learn about this.
    Mrs. Obama (who originally planted an 'organic garden' at the W.H.) has posted a video concerning student lunches and health and it is also available on YouTube. Nothing was mentioned about GMO's in either video. I am telling you here because I feel it is important and if you read the recent French study, you will see why. I hope our First Lady does not feel looking thin is more important than a childs' health but so far, that's the way it is.

  2. Cristina Hernandez

    I don't think so, this bunch of white people are just behind the Republic campain. My Daughter is a teenager obese and she is not coming at home hungri as usually, because now the food have all the nutrients the body needs and that keep them full longer. In addition they win the battle with the High Fructosa corn syrup such is the #1 in the list that cause the brain to make them hungry. Thank Michelle for make the Difference! You still have a lot of battle with all the.
    artificial ingredients and GMO but I know! YOU CAN DO IT! GO OBAMA GO!

  3. Cristina Hernandez

    Cristina Hernandez · Manolito Aguiar.

    I don't think so, this bunch of white people are just behind the Republic campain. My Daughter is a teenager obese and she is not coming at home hungri as usually, because now the food have all the nutrients the body needs and that keep them full longer. In addition they win the battle with the High Fructosa corn syrup such is the #1 in the list that cause the brain to make them hungry. Thank Michelle for make the Difference! You still have a lot of battle with all the.
    artificial ingredients and GMO but I know! YOU CAN DO IT! GO OBAMA GO!

  4. Nedra Fleming

    Yeah Christina… it's that "vast right wing conspiracy again." Unless your daughter is a hulking football player who isn't getting what he needs from the worsening junk in school lunch you are. well just showing me with the usual "grace" and elegance why I don't want to be a stupid liberal like you dear. fact is.. I think kids should bring good food from home. but then liberals take those lunches away in some places, and force more of this low quality junk on our kids. Just priceless

  5. Anonymous

    Make your daughter play a sport and see how it works in the real world. Let the local school district, parents, and communities decide what is best. If big government wins this one, the next step will be them telling you what you can keep in your pantry and fridge at home. Do you really want that?

  6. Debra Bosio Riley

    The Obama children got pizza for lunch yesterday, while other children get watery vegetables and a bit of crappy bread. Yep, get your kids out of public (government indoctrination) schools…which look more and more like North Korean detention camps with each passing day.

  7. Anonymous

    Your daughter isn't fat because of school lunch. If there is not medical issue, then you are to blame for your fat child.

  8. Anonymous

    By the way my head hurts from having to decipher whatever language you were trying to type.

  9. Grayson Stream

    Only 750-850 calories? That is more than enough to sustain an average HS football playing senior. I can tell you right now that your 100 pound freshman girl wont stay that way for long mashing that 850 calorie lunch then waddling her way over to the kid selling the squirtable chocolate. Don't use that example as an excuse to stuff your children until they shut up. Try looking at the nutrition information on the back of the food you eat to get a better idea of how much 850 calories actually is, rather than complaining because this mandate makes your life slightly more difficult.

  10. Austin George

    New food policy is the most jacked up thing ever. It is not helping, for the fact of more kids are now more hungry.( the before this bull******! )

  11. Abigail Wallace George

    this is BULL, Look at the big change the obama's has for the us, starving american children, o yes I hope everyone like the new CHANGE.

  12. Anonymous

    just like a nigger, now she is stealing food from kids mouths……is fried chicken bad for you? maybe she should "cut the fat" off her own ass.

  13. Pēteris Krišjānis

    So sorry to see these pupils to complain about being hungry while throwing stuff away and wanting meat and chips. 800 calories is more than enough. Problem is that eating habbits thanks to fast food industry in America are so screwed up. Of course children will feel hungy if they used to 1000 – 2000 calories/per launch intake. Of course they will feel hungry if they are on sugar (most addictive food which messes up your chemistry like no one else). I have been there, been heavily on overweight. Vegetables, no sugar, chicken instead of pork or beef, buckwheat – that works. It works a opposite way – to feel not be hungry, you need quality food, not quantity or tasty food. And believe me, these stuff I eat can be delicious prepared correctly.

  14. Pēteris Krišjānis

    Please, not this anti GMO crap. GMO is touchy subject, and by no means science still works on what's safe or what's not, but food has been genetically modified for several centuries already (artifical selection anyone? How do you think they made new kinds of potatoes for each region? They didn't even grow in Europe till late Middle Ages). Also GMO is not a problem about basic nutrition – there are worries about genetic material and how it can impact human beings. However, there is no proof that they can change us – sugar or salt are more toxic and small changes in these things impact our chemistry much instant than GMO ever will.

  15. Carol Miranda

    dear brian…. where do you get off by criticizing someones beliefs its called freedom of speech and you have no right to diminish someones choice of judgement.. besides her english is perfectly understandable .. else how would you have been able to come up with your ridiculous bs… about YES my sister….. and on top of that do you speak spanish?… NO i thought so .. so now stfu and crawl in your little corner of the world where no one gives a sht about what you say x) KTHXBYE!

  16. Cristina Hernandez

    Grayson Stream · Quit Coach at Alere Wellbeing

    Just learn a little bit about nutrition: Only 750-850 calories? That is more than enough to sustain an average HS football playing senior. I can tell you right now that your 100 pound freshman girl wont stay that way for long mashing that 850 calorie lunch then waddling her way over to the kid selling the squirtable chocolate. Don't use that example as an excuse to stuff your children until they shut up. Try looking at the nutrition information on the back of the food you eat to get a better idea of how much 850 calories actually is, rather than complaining because this mandate makes your life slightly more difficult.

  17. Cristina Hernandez

    brianshumack Just learn a little bit about nutrition: Only 750-850 calories? That is more than enough to sustain an average HS football playing senior. I can tell you right now that your 100 pound freshman girl wont stay that way for long mashing that 850 calorie lunch then waddling her way over to the kid selling the squirtable chocolate. Don't use that example as an excuse to stuff your children until they shut up. Try looking at the nutrition information on the back of the food you eat to get a better idea of how much 850 calories actually is, rather than complaining because this mandate makes your life slightly more