Back in April of 2014 the the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama was trending on twitter. High school students would take a picture of their unhealthy lunch, write the hashtag, and post it to twitter. The students involved were attempting to draw the attention of Michelle Obama who has taken on the challenge of fighting childhood obesity in hopes of getting her to help modify the lacking lunch system. Public high school kids all across the country felt let down by the First Lady who was not doing what she had set out to do.
In July Michelle Obama responded to the complaints by reassuring the kids that 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."
Once again in November concerned teens have begun to implement the same hashtag. Some recent pictures are shown below:
Although new school food rules have been set by congress requiring more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, some schools say that they have lost more money as a result of kids not eating the healthy options. The USDA has implemented limits of calories, sugars, fats, and sodium for foods and drinks sold in over 100,000 schools but is this enough? I think that the only way to ensure that kids are truly eating healthy is to put more restrictions on unhealthy foods in schools. By doing this, students will be forced to eat the healthy foods provided and then schools will not feel like they are just throwing away money.
More than 30 million children in low-income households rely on the free or reduced-price school meals program for their nutritional needs so it is of utmost importance that they are getting full nutritional value. For some students lunch may be the only meal they get a day so the USDA, congress, and Michelle Obama need to keep coming up with solutions to this pressing issue.
How do you think this issue regarding school lunches should be combated?