Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act That Passed In 2010 May Be Repealed.
Nutrition standards in schools introduced by Michelle Obama to make pupils healthier could be scrapped.
The former First Lady helped establish the new healthy eating standards as part of her Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, as well as her Let’s Move campaign.
But the more nutritious meals weren’t always popular with schoolchildren, and lobby group the School Nutrition Association wants to see tastier meals introduced, containing more salt and less whole grain.
A high-profile advocate of healthy eating, Michelle Obama installed a vegetable garden in the grounds of the White House in 2009.
The new law was introduced in 2010 to tackle childhood obesity and encourage healthy eating, but it led to a sarcastic hashtag, #ThanksMichelleObama, from disgruntled pupils unimpressed with the choices on offer.
It saw more fruit, vegetables and whole grain added to school menus, with less sodium and fat in students’ meals.
The association argues this leads to ‘unintended consequences, including reduced student lunch participation, higher costs and food waste’.
Among the Republicans calling for change is North Carolina Rep, Mark Meadows, who leads the House Freedom Caucus.
He told the Washington Examiner: ‘The federal government involving itself in what is served in school lunches is the epitome of government overreach.
‘Districts that have chosen to opt out have been able to provide more options to students and better-quality services.’
The former First Lady is yet to comment on the potential assault on her legacy.
By DAVE BURKE FOR MAILONLINE