If high school students were allowed to vote, they probably wouldn’t be leaning towards President Obama right now because they are pissed at his wife. As part of her “Let’s Move” campaign aimed at getting kids healthier, Michelle Obama has supported a new plan that limits school lunches to 850 calories for high school students–an amount that is clearly not enough if you ask them. So a group of teens are protesting that decision in a video that is going viral.
The video is entitled “We are hungry” (taken from the popular song “We are Young”) and written and performed by students and teachers from a Kansas high school who don’t think the calorie-restricted lunches are enough. Sure the new policy aims to wipe out some of the junk and processed foods from school lunches while also providing unlimited amounts of fruits and vegetables, but if you ask these teens, that doesn’t leave them feeling full and satisfied–especially the ones who play sports.
Brenda Kirkham, an employee at the Wallace County High School where the video was filmed told the Wichita Eagle that we are doing our kids a disservice here:
Think of a high-school boy who works out at least three hours a day, not including farm work. I’m furious.
Anyone who has a growing teen can definitely relate. We all know how much they eat. And while the move to reduce childhood obesity is to be applauded, limiting lunches to 850 calories does not seem to be nearly enough for active teenagers, especially given the fact that KidsHealth.org says active teens require 2,000 to 5,000 calories per day to adequately meet their growth and energy needs. Maybe the answer lies in providing healthier, yet more substantial types of foods without limiting calories–things like turkey and cheese sandwiches on whole wheat bread, healthy pastas, yogurt, bananas, chicken burritos with avocado and veggies, etc. Let’s focus on providing foods that fill them up while providing nutrition and long-lasting energy.
Take a look at the video that’s gone viral and let us know what you think: