School Lunch Program Raises Controversy
After Michelle Obama introduced students to the new school lunch requirements, they are now raising controversy.
A public service announcement was shown to students on the first day of school as part of the first lady's "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity. But not everybody is happy about the new school lunches.
High school students coast-to-coast are upset by new government limits on the number of calories served by school cafeterias. Many high school students say under the new regulations some students say they're simply not getting enough to eat.
Two students at Parsippany High School in New Jersey have organized a strike to protest the new school lunch regulations that put a limit of 850 calories on each meal.
One student said, "The meal could be healthy, but it is not filling at all."
Under the new regulations, schools must serve twice as many fruits and vegetables. Carbohydrates are limited. But many kids who are used to pizza and burgers aren't eating what's being served to them.
ABC's Nightline reported that, kids are throwing away twice as much food as last year.
The school cafeteria controversy has also inspired a video that's become an instant YouTube sensation where students parody the hit song, "We are Young," and sing, "We are Hungry." High School volleyball players said they're so weak from lack of calories they can't stand up. A basketball player didn’t even have the strength to shoot a lay-up.
The kids also say they need more calories to concentrate on their school work.
But not everyone is upset about the school lunch food. At Hoboken High School in New Jersey, students told INSIDE EDITION they actually like what's now on the new menu.
One student said, "The food is good."
Another said, "It is so much better."
The Daily Show's Jon Stewart said complaints about school cafeteria food are as old as school itself.