Michelle Obama has made childhood nutrition her hot button issue. She really wants to tackle the obesity problem in America head on. Well, her first attempt at the issue has lead to a huge backlash from the kids she was hoping to help. Most nutritionists agree that the way to combat obesity is through well balanced and healthy cooking. Unfortunately doing that would send school lunch budgets into the stratosphere. So what was the brilliant idea? Make lunches smaller.
It is a simple concept. Smaller lunches mean less calories, less calories makes skinnier children. There is one flaw in the theory. By making the lunches smaller all they are doing is making kids go through the day hungry. The alternative to being hungry is to buy two lunches which doesn’t lower calories, and it costs twice as much. Free lunch students, some of whom only eat their one meal a day at school, are even worse hit.
Making smaller portion sizes seems to make sense on paper. It was the logic behind New York City’s newest absurd law that drinks with sugar in them are limited to 16 ounces per serving by law. Sounds great right? Less sugar means healthier people, well all id did was make it more expensive for people to buy the amount of sugary soda that they want to drink. Now spending more money they are less likely to let even one sip go to waste where they might have thrown out the Big Gulp when they felt satisfied.
Check out the kids reactions to Michelle Obama’s lunch program:
Michelle Obama has ruined school lunches.
— NOVEMBER 29. (@madyysuee) November 26, 2012
Dang, I gotta get used to the super small school lunches (thanks to Michelle Obama) all over again since I ate so much over the break.
— Taylor Brooks (@brookstaylorh) November 26, 2012
Thank you, Michelle Obama. No really. Thank you. Us athletes are just completely full after a lunch like thi instagr.am/p/Sg4JrNRbps/
— Adam Shinn (@Shinnaynay15) November 27, 2012
Did you know that schools havestudents that started BLACK MARKETS for additional lunch foods? WHAT DID YOU DO MICHELLE OBAMA? WHO ARE YOU.
— Caleb Hewett (@ninja_caleb731) November 25, 2012
Yo Michelle Obama pls stop fuckin up the school lunches why ru tryna make school even worse we can’t all have ur toned arms ok
— Anna Levinson (@annalevinsonxx) November 28, 2012