Students Plan Strike Over Smaller Lunch Sizes
'Why should I have to suffer if I'm not obese?' wonders one
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2012 1:34 PM CDT
Not the cafeteria meals in question.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Parsippany Hills High School has found a way to get its students to come together and really focus on an issue: Downsize their lunch. Students at the New Jersey high school are holding strategy sessions and considering a lunch strike over the newly smaller portions, which were implemented thanks to federal guidelines related to Michelle Obama's childhood obesity campaign.

"This year you’re eating lunch and you’re like, 'Did I even eat?’ You’re not even full," one senior tells CBS 2. "If somebody’s obese why should someone like me who’s not obese have to suffer, and eat a small meal when I’d rather have a bigger meal?" Food service workers say there is indeed 33% less turkey and a similar decrease in bread, for example, in a turkey sandwich. Students are considering a cafeteria boycott that could cost the school money.

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Oct 3, 2012 1:26 PM CDT
These kids deserve a chance to start their trip to obesity and diabetes early in life.
Sep 30, 2012 10:42 AM CDT
Great,the protest should take years if it has to. Food is good,it's just the unnatural poisonous chemicals,like transfats that they make us eat,without our will. It's like health rape. Obesity is less to do with how much you naturally eat,and more to do with the crap you eat. The school cafeteria lunches have to get bigger and healthier,not smaller and nastier!
Sep 29, 2012 3:12 PM CDT
Maybe they should bring a lunch to school like we did in the old days, it isn't "cool" I know, but it could be the new "In" thing. What was I thinking, that would mean parents would actually have to take time to shop for food that doesn't get microwaved and make their kids a lunch.