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Students Make Viral Video To Protest Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Plan

Tue, September 25, 2012 2:46pm EDT by Billy Nilles 42 Comments
Michelle Obama School Lunch We Are Hungry
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The First Lady has made it her mission to make school lunches healthy, but some students aren’t pleased and they’ve created a viral music video to voice their frustrations! Read on for details and to watch the video.

First Lady Michelle Obama inspired the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, meant to rid students of hunger and malnutrition. But as the rules have finally come into effect this school year, with high schoolers limited to 850 calories in a meal at lunch, some students are hungry and unhappy — so unhappy, they’ve created a viral video about it!

Kansas high school teacher Linda O’Connor created “We Are Hungry,” a music video parody of fun.’s “We Are Young,” with lyrics voicing complaints about the new restrictions. The video shows students struggling to make it through the day with their hunger.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 not only restricts the calories in school lunches. It requires students be given more fruits and vegetables and cuts down on sweets and fatty foods in cafeteria menus.

The Daily Mail reports that government officials are defending the regulations, saying that under-nourished children ought to be encouraged to eat healthy at school. A spokesman for the U.S Department of Agriculture says:

“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.”

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think the regulations are unnecessary, or do you think that healthy eating ought to be encouraged in school?

— Billy Nilles

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