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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
Students Plan Strike Over Smaller Lunch Sizes
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.

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"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. (Read more childhood obesity stories.)

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