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From Anchor Marla Tellez

First Lady: Feast or Famine?

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First Lady Michelle Obama is taking some serious heat for her "healthy" school lunch overhaul and the proof is in her twitter feed.  In the past week, about one million public school students have opted out of the school lunch program, calling it sub par, non-filling and unsatisfactory.  Many of these students have turned to twitter, to serve-up their photographic evidence with a side of sarcasm.  Here's a sample (see photos at right.)

Another student, @h_mae15 tweeted: "lunch use to be my favorite subject in school. Thanks Michelle Obama for ruining my life."

I can't imagine the First Lady's school lunch overhaul, part of her 2010 Let's Move Campaign, is actually ruining lives.  I'm not even sure I believe these lunches are sub par.  I will say serving half of a kiwi is comical when you consider one medium sized kiwi is a mere 46 calories).  But, from what I remember our cafeteria lunches weren't much more substantial and not horribly unhealthy: a bean burrito, a hot pocket, a turkey sandwich.  Then again, I was the student who brown-bagged it with a self-made lunch every day.  Most often, I'd pack a pb&j, a fruit, and, if grandma had recently visited, a couple of her homemade chocolate chip cookies.  Those were the days.

I think the problem is we, as a society, have grown accustomed to super-sized portions both at restaurants and at home.  I think we're used to seeing Big Macs, large fries, and big gulps; not, single patty hamburgers, low fat milk and fruit. That's why, in my humble opinion, this negative explosion on twitter and backlash the First Lady is now facing.

I just have one question for you: What's for lunch? I'm hungry. 

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