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Teens blame Michelle Obama for 'nasty' lunches

Published On: May 06 2014 10:23:40 AM CDT
Updated On: May 06 2014 01:34:38 AM CDT
First Lady Michelle Obama

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Many teens are fed up with the "nasty" healthier lunches they're getting at school.

And they blame Michelle Obama.

The healthier school lunch standards have been phased in over the past two years as part of the Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by the first lady as a way to combat rising obesity levels among children.

But now some schools are asking to roll back some of the new requirements, saying they've been expensive and difficult to put in place.

Teens interviewed by The Wire just want their tater tots back.

"The food even LOOKED more presentable before," Anthony Gallimore, a high school senior from Georgia, wrote. "And if nobody chooses to eat the gross food, then it can't possibly be helping anyone. It's just being thrown out anyway." 

Caitlin Tagner, a high school sophomore from North Carolina, is very clear about who she points the finger at: "I blame Michelle Obama."

The lunch standards were approved by Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2010.

Many of the teens interviewed by The Wire are now bringing their own lunches to school.