Michelle Obama Slams Trump School Lunch Policy

'Why don't you want our kids to have good food at school?'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2017 8:40 AM CDT
Michelle Obama Slams Trump School Lunch Policy
Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Partnership for a Healthier American 2017 Healthier Future Summit in Washington, Friday, May 12, 2017.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Michelle Obama slammed Trump administration efforts to delay or roll back her healthy-eating initiatives Friday, saying parents should "think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap." The former first lady, speaking at a health conference in Washington, DC, said healthy school lunches should not be a partisan issue, NBC Chicago reports. "If we want to make this country great, our kids need to be healthy," she said. "Not some, but all." She urged parents to examine the motives of those opposing anti-childhood obesity measures. "You have to stop and think, 'Why don't you want our kids to have good food at school?" she said.

Earlier this month, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue, saying some new standards had "gone too far," took measures including postponing sodium restrictions and waiving whole grain requirements, the BBC reports. In her talk Friday, Obama rejected the criticism that her policies led to kids throwing away food. "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 ... they would think they were happy, until they get sick," she said, per the AP. "You know what? Kids don't like math either. What are we going to do? Stop teaching math?" (Michelle Obama has ruled out a run for higher office.)

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