SHARON SPRINGS, Kan. - An Obama administration policy is the target of a new viral video.
Some hungry high school students performed a parody of Fun’s “We Are Young” song, appropriately called “We Are Hungry.”
The song pokes fun at new school lunch regulations, which sprouted from First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity.
The new regulations are aimed at improving the quality of school lunches, by cutting calories, making milk or fruit smoothies mandatory, and replacing junk food with fruits and vegetables.
The new regulations went into effect for this school year in August. They limit high school lunch calories between 750 and 850 calories. It’s 600 to 700 calories for middle schoolers, and 550 to 650 at the elementary level.
Students from Wallace County High School in Sharon Springs, Kansas, made the parody video, which can be found at youtube.com/watch?v=2IB7NDUSBOo , and they make it clear that they are not regularly filled on that amount of calories.
As a possible compromise, Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told ABC News that a good old-fashioned snack might tide students over, such as granola bars or other healthy options.
But several groups continue to make the case that childhood obesity is a growing problem in the U.S. On Tuesday, a group of retired military leaders called Mission: Readiness released a report claiming obesity is a national security issue because one out of every four adolescents are too overweight to join the military.
Although students say they are still hungry, it is not clear that they are even finishing their lunches.
ABC News looked at some schools that instituted the new regulations and found the amount of lunch room trash increased when fruits and vegetables were made mandatory.
More information about the federal program can be found at: letsmove.gov .
More about Mission: Readiness can be found at: missionreadiness.org .
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