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

Tue, September 25, 2012 2:46pm EST by 41 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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I hate hypocrits

Posted at 12:34 PM on January 19, 2013  

The Obama’s are the biggest hypocrits out there. Michelle Obama is making Marie Antoinnette look like Mother Teresa… hope they burn in hell!

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Michaela

Posted at 11:05 AM on September 26, 2012  

I hope you do think what the Obama girls are eating is good becauae you’re paying for their organic fruits and vegetables and chef inspired chicken! All the while you are also paying for your children to eat frozen and processed fruits and vegetables with hormone injected chicken! Yummmmmy! Thanks Michelle!

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Aka

Posted at 10:45 AM on September 26, 2012  

The problem with this, goes beyond just deciding that school lunches need to be changed and enforced. Although America is facing an obesity epidemic with sky rocketing medical bills… it comes back to the job of educating. It’s the school and parents job to educate, on what is healthy, what is okay in moderation. It is not the governments job to get involved and enforce such things. There should not be more government telling you how to live your life, what you can or cannot do. If they continue to get involved in the schools, medical, personal, financial freedom of the American people, where will it stop? Do we no longer know how to make decisions for ourselves? Because that is what they are trying to say and, trying to decide for you. Instead of going into the schools and changing the lunches. go to the meat and vegetable farms and better regulate how these farms are being taken care. Most people aren’t educated in how the animals are treated. They are injected with chemicals and hormones that are causing disease not only to the meat, but to the vegetables as well! How can you trust the government when they don’t even regulate how the food is grown!!!! I say the government blurs the line on what they should be concerned about. Instead of spending all this money to change school lunches, go to the schools where kids can’t afford to eat and help them out.

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Emily

Posted at 1:11 AM on September 26, 2012  

Michele Obama is not dictating what kids should eat. She’s just setting guidelines for schools to follow so student can eat healthy foods and not junk (for example some schools counting ketchup as a vegetable). Also, 700-800 calories for food is enough. People really should be eating 1,500-2,500 calories a day depending on their age, gender, and activity level.

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Emily

Posted at 12:19 AM on September 26, 2012  

750-850 calories in a lunch is definitely enough! I think it’s good that schools are encouraging their students to eat healthier… junk food is too easily attainable. Especially for teens with barely any will power (coming from a 17 year old)

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Nikka

Posted at 10:19 PM on September 26, 2012  

i am a 15 going on 16 year old i play volleyball, basketball, softball and am in 4-H, speech drama go to youth group on wednesdays. and 750-800 calories is barely enought to get me through the day. not to menchion prctice. i often dont get to eat until 8 or 9 at night. i dont eat junk food very often and love salads vegies and fruit . i am 5’8” and only way 115 i need food to keep me going

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Migs

Posted at 12:09 AM on September 26, 2012  

Mrs. Obama is not trying to dictate what your kids should eat. She’s trying to ensure that the food they are eating at school is healthy. The BS that the right is shoving down our throats is sad because the amount of food has not decreased. The caloric content and what makes up those calories has changed. As a person who’s struggled with weight issues my whole life, I don’t wish for any kid the life of a fat person. You don’t really live and the fact she cares about the health of American kids should be appreciated by everyone, even Republicans. Why is everything the Obama’s do always considered an attack or a conspiracy. Get a life people and maybe you all should go back to school and learn to spell. A few less sugar calories might have helped you learn more! And please, stop being victims people on the right. I’ve never seen a bigger bunch of whiners. You are always complaining about how everything is someone elses’ fault and everything wrong in the world is someone else’s fault. Grow up!

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Victoria McGuire

Posted at 10:46 PM on September 25, 2012  

MS OBAMA HAS NO AUTHORITY TO DICTATE WHAT OUR CHILDREN SHOULD EAT FOR LUNCH, THAT SHOULD BE UP TO THE PARENTS, NOT A DICTATORS WIFE. I MADE OUR CHILDRENS LUNCHES AND THEY ALL GREW UP TO BE HEALTHY PEOPLE. I GARDENED & CANNED MY VEGIES. WE HUNTED AND FROZE AND CANNED MEAT TO FEED OUR FAMILIES AS OUR ANCESTORS DID. WE ALSO WERE THE HEALTHY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY. GO BACK TO AFRICA OBAMAS AND SEE HOW HEALTHY YOU WILL BE. PLEASE.

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Emily

Posted at 1:16 AM on September 26, 2012  

1. She is not dictating for one thing. She is only trying to set an example so children can eat healthier foods.
2. The parents don’t decide what’s on the lunch menu at school cafeterias and if they don’t like it than they can make their kids lunches. Also, have you noticed the obesity rate in children in America? (when I say obesity I don’t mean all people who are overweight)
3. Canned veggies aren’t always the healthiest option.
4. That is probably one of the most racist things I’ve heard: “GO BACK TO AFRICA OBAMAS AND SEE HOW HEALTHY YOU WILL BE.” Also, good work on the grammar!

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Louise

Posted at 6:28 AM on September 26, 2012  

You might be feeding your children correctly at home, but the type of junk they get for lunch at school is ridiculous!! When I was young I had no obese or overweight friends because we were all fed correctly and didn’t get junk at school…but then again I am South African and we’re healthy and awesome! please don’t make comments about a continent that you know nothing about!!
This women is trying to help your children. Kids eat what they are given. Rather just say Thank you!!

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tsi431

Posted at 8:17 AM on September 26, 2012  

You are obviously illiterate if you think this story is about lunches made from home. What part of, school lunches, can you not comprehend?
Michelle is from Chicago and her father is from South Carolina. I am not sure where this “Go back to Africa is coming from”.

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Shaarinya

Posted at 9:32 AM on September 26, 2012  

Go back to Africa? he was born in the USA…don’t be such a racist. As well, considering the obesity problem in the USA, one with a shred of sense would welcome a program that promotes healthy eating. No one needs to eat more than 800 calories in one meal, when a healthy diet consists of 3 meals a day, with a total of average of 1500 calories per day.

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15minute5k

Posted at 11:30 AM on September 27, 2012  

Really – “No one needs more than 800 calories in one meal” I am a varsity cross country runner, I run 15 miles a day and have an after school job. I am 5′ 9” and 175 pound. I have been tested to determine my BMR or basal metabolic rate “the number of calories per day your body burns, and therefore the number of calories you could eat per day to maintain your current weight”. Which is calculated at 3274 calories a day. Which is a deficit of 291 calories a day or 2037 calories a week. So do you see why your argument is lacking… Each person is different and should eat healthy but to mandate something like is over stepping.

 
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vicky

Posted at 1:40 PM on September 26, 2012  

dont hate pretisapate.

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texasmama

Posted at 10:21 PM on September 25, 2012  

o and for u that think that kids are use to eating to many calories in one meal in some cases u r wrong some kids use to look foward to eating school lunches because that was the only meal they got in a day and they need that. kids r hungry because they are more active and need more calories to burn more calories playing sports.

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texasmama

Posted at 10:18 PM on September 25, 2012  

and my kids do eat healthy but they dont give them enough but i guess u dont know crap either and u can send them lunch but some times the teachers dont like it and say things because they want the kids to all eat the same but i guess you dont care for ur kid either just like the rest the people out there look back in time when hardly ne one was over weight and see sizes were bigger u need more activities think dont speak these kids need to be active not starved! but if u would rather ur kids eat less and be less active fine with me that will surely make for a shorter life spand u need activities to live longer not eat less! Ur heart rate has to get and a good heart rate everyday and i know in these schools there not getting that rather being made to eat less to make up for it. which is a poor choice. i know our prisoners eat better foods then what they are serving these kids. not to say alot of poor things about the schools but these fruits and veggies ur kids eat come straight from the prison system. why do u think that they are pushing for it because it is cheaper for them think dont be sucked in to there stupid ways research people come on i feel like everyone out there dont know how to think for themselves rather just be told how to live life this is why this country is so down hill. and be happy for them coming in and telling me that my kids or telling ne one there kids dont eat healthy is wrong that is taking the freedom out of our country but i guess that is what all u stupid people want cuz u cant stand up and do what is right not even for ur kids that is piss poor on u parents. maybe most u shouldnt have kids if u cant feed them right at home so they can eat good at school!

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texasmama

Posted at 10:06 PM on September 25, 2012  

i think this was really a good video that shows the real concern for the children hopefully it will get some attention. You kids did great! O and for you who are to stupid to read it was not made by a parent rather by a teacher and the kids themselves next time read before opening typing that shows who really is stupid not the one who made the video but the one who cant read go back to school and learn how to read. before making a comment stupid!!!!

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Stefanie

Posted at 10:05 PM on September 25, 2012  

These kids are hungry because their bodies are used to eating WAY too many calories in one meal! This happened at my daughter’s school two years ago and kids/parents went crazy. Kids would cry that they were hungry, etc. Fast forward two months as their bodies began to adapt to the healthy portions and no more crying. If you dont like it, pack your kid a lunch, simple as that. The portion size in this country is out of control- our kids are set to live shorter lives than us because of all the crap they are fed and the obesity epidemic. No one is telling you what to eat or forcing your kid to eat something- they are just saying that when it comes to food provided by the school it will be a proper portion and healthy. You should be happy your kids are eating fruits and veggies.

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texasmama

Posted at 9:48 PM on September 25, 2012  

all i know is we had way better lunches in school when i was a kid we just had more active stuff to do we had longer pe time and we came home and played outside after homework. now kids today cant go outside and play because there are too many crazy people out there for these kids to have a healthy life and go be active. if she really cared for these kids she would spend that money locking up these crazies so kids can go back to playing outside instead of making kids go hungry. if ne of u really stopped in a school and looked at what they ate u would see that is not enough to fill ne one up. and for all of u that sit here and say i wish someone would have cared what i ate next time talk to ur parents not the school because it is what parents feed there kids at night because they are too tired to get up off there butts and make real food kids live on fast food.The school luches we ate were perfect for kids to eat when i was young and we had a school of 1000 kids in the elementry level and we maybe had 3 kids that were over weight and it was because of meds they were on not what the kids ate. if she wants to be healthy then put more active time in place for these kids. Start things for kids to do in school and out of school that is safe for these kids to be active without having to worry a kid will go missing. Talk to parents about making food at home instead of eating out that is what is making america fat not school lunches. O and by the way i would just like to say if she is that worried about people being fat then why is she over weight i have three kids and would never dream of being those sizes and she has how much money and could have a good figure but she cant put down the good food/ mexican food that puts the pounds on so why does she want our children to suffer when she cant do the same? So my concern is for Mrs. Obama stay out of our kids lunches if u cant drop the lbs. ur self it is up to each parent to worry about our kids health not u or ne one but our childs dr. leave it alone and put ur noise some where else and help a real cause like getting this country to be a safer place for our children!!!

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Mae

Posted at 9:06 PM on September 25, 2012  

even the teachers at my school are complaining. i wonder what michelle’s kids eat their thousands of dollars a year school.

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tsi431

Posted at 8:25 AM on September 26, 2012  

They go to Sidwell which ranks #2 as most healthy school lunch plans.

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Dee Cee

Posted at 8:19 PM on September 25, 2012  

Read what her daughters ate at their private school January. Lunch options included: organic spinach salad, local pumpkin and sage soup, garden vegetable pie, Bell & Evans roasted chicken tenderloins and fresh organic strawberries.

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Jessica

Posted at 7:54 PM on September 25, 2012  

We all have our own opinion when it comes to this, but honestly parents should be the ones to tell children what they can eat. I can see how Michele is trying to help, and it’s okay, I can also see why parents are outraged. I don’t have children of my own but if I was a parent I would want to be the one to tell them what to eat, and the children do not have to buy the lunches if they don’t want too but still, if I want fries I want to be able to buy them. The government should not be getting involved with what parents want to feed there children. It’s only my opinion. If you do not want your kid to be obese then that is your choice, if you want to feed them veggies every night instead of mac and cheese, then go right ahead no one is stopping you. But if a parent wants to feed there child chicken and pasta, that is there right. If there child somehow becomes over weight, it’s the parents responsibility to help them loose weight. Of course obesity is a problem but is not for the government to get involved with. You all also need to remember that they are only kids, of course kids want ice cream instead of carrots, and jello instead of meat, when you were a kid I bet you did too. They are just tired of the same things every day at lunch, we should all respect there opinion.

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Alli

Posted at 7:03 PM on September 25, 2012  

I am a high school student, being greatly affected by these lunches right now. Prices have gone up and portion sizes have gone down. Have you people ever seen what 2 oz of meet looks like?! try 3 2 inch long chicken tenders. And to go with your chicken tenders you get a bag of frozen (NOT fresh) fruit and some a cup of over cooked vegetables. No one wants to eat mushy thawed out fruit and mushy steamed vegetable medleys. Since when is a small portion of tater tots or mashed potatoes (something kids have been served at lunch for decades!) going to kill us! they say 850 calories its not the calorie count that matters its what actually is being served! Students are angry and upset with all of these changes and are definitely left hungry! seriously many of us are legal adults now and the government is ordering us what to eat! that should be illegal!

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Reality Bites

Posted at 7:02 PM on September 25, 2012  

Whoever created this video must have failed at math in a public school. 2000 to 3000 calories are recommended for an active teenager A DAY.. NOT PER MEAL!!! 850 calories times three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) would equal 2550 calories. Add an after school snack and you are pushing the 3000 calorie mark. If you do not like what the cafeteria offers then send your kid to school with a pack lunch filled with as much unhealthy crap as you want. Just do not expect taxpayer dollars to provide your kid with a school lunch that is an all you can eat buffet of McRibs and french fries… not when we are at epidemic levels of childhood obesity, diabetes, heart disease and childhood cancers.. more then likely caused by the foods we eat in way to large of portions.

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African princess

Posted at 7:36 PM on September 25, 2012  

Thank God someone sensible enough knows what health is all about. some people are just ignorant like the teacher that directed and recorded the video. Michelle wants the best of these kids they are the future. Be Appreciative people this is so rude.

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Debbie

Posted at 5:07 PM on September 25, 2012  

Michelle does eat right. When you study and read you learn that.
To bad many adults dont bother to learn this before they make comments. It just proves
the point more

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Debbie

Posted at 5:03 PM on September 25, 2012  

I wish somebody cared enough about me to make sure I ate right

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Olivia

Posted at 4:53 PM on September 25, 2012  

850 calories for lunch alone??? You’re kidding me right? No wonder so many American’s are obese, if they think that’s not enough for lunch!

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Jimmy Carter

Posted at 4:41 PM on September 25, 2012  

Welcome to Obamerica. We are all too stupid to feed ourselves, the imperial master must choose our food for us.

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Wendy

Posted at 4:06 PM on September 25, 2012  

Finally someone sticking up to this women. She can go ahead and eat all the fries she wants but when it comes to OUR kids, she’s in charge of what they eat? If I want to send my daughter to lunch with 4 cookiesI will, she has no right to tell those kids what they can and can not eat, it’s out of line, it’s ridiculous. Of course children should eat healthy but they still have the right to eat what they want. She isn’t God, she’s the wife of the president. Teach kids how to eat correctly by doing fun things, don’t force them to eat healthy things, that’s only going make them want the chocolate pudding more.

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Wendy

Posted at 4:07 PM on September 25, 2012  

and as parents, we are the ones who have to teach our kids whats good for them and whats not, not the government.

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African princess

Posted at 7:39 PM on September 25, 2012  

IGNORANT PARENT. Very IMMATURE of you whoever you are.

 
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Reality Bites

Posted at 6:31 PM on September 25, 2012  

You can poison your child all you want with your home lunch.. Michelle isn’t forcing you not to over feed your child crap. But those of us who are allowing the school to feed our children would prefer they be given healthy options. And 850 calories in one meal is MORE then enough. And kids can only crave chocolate pudding if their parents are stupid enough to keep it around the house. It’s people like you who then scream to high heaven when your kid gets obese, or diabetes, or stomach cancer, or heart disease and wonder how in the world it could happen to you and yours (eye roll). “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”

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Melinda

Posted at 10:19 PM on September 25, 2012  

are you kidding me? “And kids can only crave chocolate pudding if their parents are stupid enough to give it to them?” Really? Parents can give there kids whatever they want wether you like it or not, so I’m guessing your kid is never going to be able to have ice cream? Or have a cookie or a small treat. I think every kid deserves to have a small treat. Guess what? Having one cupcake.. or one cookie is NOT going to kill you. Be a health freak sweetie, but for once eat a chocolate cracker or something. Its not going to kill you or make you gain 10 pounds. If you give your kid 12 puddings everyday then yeah theres a problem, but its not your problem or mine, its the parents problem. How can you even say giving one kid a pudding will give them diabetes? Do you just throw things out there to sound smart? You handle your kids how you want to, give them tons of veggies, tons of chicken, but don’t let the government get involved with what you feed your children. I don’t think anyone voted for him to give us parenting advice.

 
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mvk

Posted at 2:54 PM on September 25, 2012  

850 calories at lunch is just not enough for some of those kids. They work off a lot of calories during the day. If this is happening now, can you imagine what will happen if Obama gets re-elected. The government is going to dictate to us what we can and cannot do, what we can and cannot eat, what we can and cannot drink. Oh wait !! IT’S ALREADY STARTED. GET THE OBAMA OUT OF OFFICE.

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just sayin'

Posted at 3:27 PM on September 25, 2012  

Actually 850 is fine for a lunch. With the way obesity is in American, it’s good to see someone doing something about it. Theres no reason kids should be eating crap in school! Eat a healthy breakfast, bring a healthy snack and enjoy a healthy lunch. After the first week of “detoxing” from all the crap they normally eat, they will feel full. It’s time America recognizes the effects of poor eating habits on their children! Way to go Michelle!

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just sayin'

Posted at 3:28 PM on September 25, 2012  

These kids that are still hungry, probably aren’t eating a nice healthy fibre filled breakfast like they should be either. Sad. You need these healthy things to focus better in school also.

 
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gmfuhlman

Posted at 3:54 PM on September 25, 2012  

I so have to agree with you. Just look all the obesity that is around us.Eating whatever you want isn’t working is it!!!

 
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es

Posted at 6:02 PM on September 25, 2012  

i can agree with you mvk while 850 calories is alot at my school we only get 550 calories and most of the time fruits are not offered and if vegetables are offered there are all processed

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Andree

Posted at 9:18 PM on September 25, 2012  

Actually, when I was in High School I would’ve LOVED having healthy options, our options were poutine, pizza, french fries, etc. Our healthy options (I use the word healthy lightly) were granola bars (full of processed sugars, fruit concentrate…) 850 is beyond what someone needs at lunch time, your biggest meal should be your dinner, I would always have 1 hour workouts after my lunches, that my mother packed (healthy), I didn’t die. Michelle isn’t forcing your kids to eat healthy, just making sure that if they are without food a burger won’t be an option. No wonder Americans’ are as obese as they are. I don’t even get why you guys have such big Sports stores? To buy lawn chairs?

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