The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, supported by Obama, gave schools nutrition rules for the food they provided children through programs paid for by the government. "Because the question is 'where are we going back to?' What is it that people, and this is where you really have to look at motives", Obama said. "Why would that be political?"
"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 got sick", she said.
Former first lady Michelle Obama participates in a discussion on the importance of healthy food choices for children and the need for nutritious school lunch options, during the Partnership for a Healthier America's 2017 Summit, in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
However, earlier this month, US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue postponed reductions in sodium, relaxed requirements for whole grains and allowed sweetened flavoured milk back.
According to a CNN story, the 53-year-old wife of former president Barack Obama claims that certain issues are too important to make political, and children's nutrition is one of such issue. "But think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap". She worries food lobbyists are behind the new program, and don't have good intentions. The line from the FDA when they announced this, they basically said, we have got to fulfill our public health mission, but we also need to minimize the regulatory burden as they put it.
'We are the adults in the room, you know?
Obama recalled she'd known Kass when he was a teen.
"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".
At the time, Perdue praised the former first lady and her work on public health, and insisted his policies were not a "rollback". When she later learned he was a chef helping families to better their diets, he came to their Chicago home when her two daughters were young.
The sharpness of Obama's remarks are unusual for a former first lady: There is an unwritten rule that they do not criticize their successors, said Kati Marton, the author of a best-selling book on presidential marriages. "I'm going to continue working on this".
The Agriculture Secretary also defended the former First Lady's platform against childhood obesity, and emphasized that the rollback effort was only temporary.
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