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Students Strike Back With “We Are Hungry” Video Protesting Healthy School Lunches

Starving students is taking on a whole new meaning.

Students and teachers are pushing back on new, smaller, healthier meals served at school because they’re still hungry after lunch. The problem? As detailed in a report by USA Today, new government nutrition standards require schools to serve more fruits and veggies, while limiting the amount of calories a meal can contain. Good for the waistline — not so much for feeling full through the afternoon (at least if you ask some kids!).

In 2010 a new law called the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to update nutrition standards for all food served in lunchrooms. Schools must now adhere to the guidelines or else they risk losing federal reimbursements.

In an effort to change political minds and regain control over their midday meals, students and teachers are coming together to protest. One Kansas school even created a YouTube parody entitledWe Are Hungry” that’s already racked up more than 1 million views. "Give me some seconds/ I need to get some food today/ My friends are at the corner store/ Getting junk so they don't waste away,” the “starving” kids sing in the vid.

Hungry or not, the healthier food argument does make sense. After all, one-third of U.S. kids are overweight or obese. So while the U.S. government’s heart may be in the right place, the unfortunate side effect of better nutrition is rumbling tummies.

We want to hear from you: Should we combat an unhealthy, obese population with ingredient standards and portion control, or do we leave self-discipline up to the individual and go back to fuller plates and fuller bellies?

-Students are hungry and distracted — give them more to eat!
-Our kids need to learn about proper nutrition — stop complaining about the calorie cutback.

Source: USA Today

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10.25.2012 / 01:24 AM EDT by Jo Aaron
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