Via ABC News:
Michelle Obama said she’ll fight to prevent Congress from rolling back changes to school lunch standards across the country, telling a small group of reporters that folding now is “unacceptable.”
“Of course it’s hard. That we expected,” the first lady said of getting school cafeterias and students on board with healthier fare.
“We expected those challenges, particularly among our oldest kids who’ve grown up eating junk food,” she added. “But what we did not expect was for the grownups to go along with it and say, ‘Well, this is too hard and it costs too much money so let’s stop even though we have 90 percent compliance.’”
The House Appropriations Committee voted in May to allow schools to temporarily opt out of the school dietary requirements — a move interpreted by some as the first step toward an overhaul of the standards.
“Would you ever say, ‘Let’s just stop now and start over because we have 10 percent left to do?” Obama told reporters, including ABC News’ chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser. “That’s where we are right now and that’s just unacceptable.”
But some critics say the first lady’s stats are inaccurate.
“The government continues to perpetuate the fiction that 90 percent of school cafeterias are successfully meeting the federal nutrition standards being debated by Congress. This is unfortunate and irresponsible,” Patti Montague, chief executive officer of the School Nutrition Association, said in a statement.