New anti-obesity efforts are going into effect at New Jersey’s Parsippany High School and the students are none too pleased. The students, who are upset over the effects of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, held a strategy session to decide whether they will hold a protest over the meal sizes, according to the area CBS affiliate.
“This year you’re eating lunch and you’re like ‘Did I even eat?’ You’re not even full,” student Brandon Faris told a CBS reporter. “If somebody’s obese why should someone like me who’s not obese have to suffer, and eat a small meal when I’d rather have a bigger meal?”
There were reports of students bringing in their own lunches to supplement the amount of food the school gives them, a meal that’s now roughly one-third smaller than the lunches students had been eating before the Federal initiative went into effect.
The first lady’s campaign that encourages kids to exercise rather than play video games and to eat healthy has led to new limitations on protein and bread while increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in school meals.
“There’s a lot less turkey on the sandwich, there’s 33-percent less turkey and the size of the bread has been reduced by a third,” a food service representative told CBS. The news site also reported that the new changes have increased the school’s cost, presumably because fruits and vegetables cost more than junk food.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle slammed the Obamas on the “Let’s Move” efforts this year, calling their decision to promote exercise more than nutrition is taking the “noncontroversial” route, according to TheHill.com. Only exercising while ignoring nutrition and a healthy diet will not end obesity in America, scientists say.
“Obesity is fuled by the hot dogs, burgers and junk food that are being fed to children in school and at home,” a nutrition educator told the Hill.
“They went wobbly in the knees,” Sen. Tom Harkin said to Reuters of the “Lets Move” effort. “I’m upset with the White House … When it comes to kids’ health, they shouldn’t go wobbly in the knees.”