#ThanksMichelleObama: Teens Tweet Gross Lunches

Source: whatculture

Source: whatculture

Michelle Obama has been determined to create a healthier America and part of that is bettering kid’s lunches. In July, Obama had said she would “fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have.” Now lunchrooms all across the States are complying with the new USDA food regulations to help fight childhood obesity. Limitations are put on calories, fat, sugar and sodium content in food and drinks sold during the school day. 100,000 schools are included in the new guidelines so far.

However, students’ bellies are not happy with these new not-so-tasty treats and have started posting their new meals to social media with the sarcastic hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama. 

Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

Not only do most of these meals look unappetizing but they hardly seem like enough food to keep growing teens going through their day. “If the kids don’t eat the food, then all I have is healthy trash cans,” says Peggy Lawrence, director of nutrition at the Rockdale Country Public Schools in Georgia. And so far, it looks like that is what she is getting:

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In reality, Obama cannot oversee the preparation of every single lunch that goes out to these hundreds of thousands of kids.  Her intentions were not to supply questionable meats and funky looking pastas. The blame in these situations should fall on the schools lackluster methods of “healthy-ing up” the lunches they provide. Even though the idea came from the first lady, it doesn’t mean the inability of the schools to follow though should land back in her lap.  Perhaps the next focus should be educating the people preparing these meals on how to create consumable, healthy dishes so this sarcastic hashtag could turn positive. The intentions are honorable, but somewhere down the line the message is being lost and now there is photographic evidence of HANGRY students to prove it. And the last time I checked, plastic was not a part of the healthy food pyramid:

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Source: Twitter