'What's wrong with you?' ex-US first lady asks Trump administration
Former United States first lady Michelle Obama has hit out at the Trump administration's decision to roll back regulations for healthy school lunches she campaigned for.
Speaking at a health conference in Washington, the former first lady urged parents to question the motive behind the changes the government were proposing to the initiative she championed during her time in the White House.
"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," Michelle Obama said.
Obama was responding to an announcement in early May by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that the department was planning to delay an upcoming requirement to reduce the amount of sodium in school meals.
The decision rolls back rules that formed part of the former first lady's 'Let's Move'anti-childhood obesity initiative.
"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?" the former first lady questioned.
One of the requirements affected by the department's announcement is the rule that children had to take fruit and vegetables in the lunch queue. Perdue argued that kids just threw the food away.
"If kids aren’t eating the food, and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren’t getting any nutrition — thus undermining the intent of the program," Perdue said.
Obama however, suggested that adults take charge of children's health and not leave the decision to the children.
"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.
"You know what? Kids don’t like math either. What are we going to do? Stop teaching math?" the former first lady asked.
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