School lunches have become a hot issue all over the country as students are using their Facebook and Twitter accounts to let First Lady Michelle Obama know what they think of changes in what is available for them to eat for lunch at school.
Ms. Obama wants her legacy as First Lady to be the promotion of healthy lifestyles. We all need to eat better and get moving, after all, look at the obesity rate in the United States! People are getting fatter, and children are of special concern. The rate of obesity among children ages 2 to 19 has held steady at about 17 percent for the last ten years, according to the CDC. While that may seem to be a small percentage, it can have far reaching consequences for the health of the children and for health costs in society.
One result of Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign has been a change in what students are served for lunch in public schools. Calorie counts have been reduced and healthier choices are being offered. Unfortunately for many students, the servings are not large enough to get them through the day or the choices are just not palatable. Remember, not all students are struggling with weight problems, and many students are athletes and need more calories to fuel their activities.
Students are taking to social media to let Ms. Obama know what they think of her school lunches. It’s not pretty. Neither are the pictures of what these kids are being served at school. Would you want to eat that? Do you think this is what the First Daughters are eating?