While Barack Obama has had to sit back and watch President Trump dismantle so many of his policies, former first lady Michelle Obama is not taking the current administration’s decision to delay federal rules aimed at making school lunch healthier quietly.
“Moms, think about this. I don’t care what state you live in, take me out of the equation, like me, don’t like me, but think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap,” the mother-of-two said at an annual health conference in Washington, D.C. on Friday, ABC News reported.
Carefully not to mention Trump by name, Obama urged parents to think about the government’s recent decision and to “look at motives.”
“You have to stop and think, ‘Why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you and why is that a partisan issue?” she said. “Why would that be political?”
Obama stressed the importance of more nutritious school lunches since millions of kids eat federally-subsidized school breakfast and lunch during her conversation with Sam Kass, the Obamas’ personal chef while at the White House and executive director of the anti-childhood obesity initiative, “Let’s Move,” that she spearheaded as first lady.
On May, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the department will delay an upcoming requirement to reduce the amount of sodium in school meals. Purdue said he’ll also keep issuing waivers to a regulation requiring that more whole grains be served at schools. Schools will also be allowed to serve 1 percent flavored-milk instead of the nonfat now required.
Some of the Obama administration’s school meal rules will remain in place, including requirements that students must take fruits and vegetables on the lunch line. However, a number of schools have stated that students often throw those healthy items into the trash.
Obama stressed that it should be the adults making decisions about what students eat, not the kids.
“How about we stop asking kids how they feel about their food because kids, my kids included, if they could eat pizza and French fries every day with ice cream on top and a soda they would think they were happy, until they get sick,” she said.
“That to me is one of the most ridiculous things we talk about in this movement,” Obama continued. “You know what? Kids don’t like math either. What are we going to do? Stop teaching math?”
The Obamas, alone with daughters Malia and Sasha and Bo the dog, are currently settling into their new home and offices in Washington, D.C.
“We’re not gone. We’re just breathing,” Michelle reassured supporters.
Her appearance Friday at the event sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthier America marked the former first lady’s second public outing since Trump became president, and is a continuation of her ongoing anti-childhood obesity work.