Michelle Obama: Changes to School Lunch Menu 'Unacceptable'

First Lady Michelle Obama sent a strong message to Republicans in Congress who want to allow local school districts to opt out of the federal regulations on school lunches.

"This is unacceptable," she said during a roundtable discussion of the issue. “It's unacceptable to me not just as First Lady but also as a mother."

The strict rules, passed in 2010, limit the amount of fat, calories, sugar, and sodium served in school meals.

House Republicans are supporting a measure that would allow some school districts to opt out of the standards — if they can prove that it is affecting their school budgets.

The First Lady pointed out that since the regulations, kids in the United States were eating more fruits and vegetables.

"The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids' health,” she added. “Now is not the time to roll back everything we have worked for."


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