Former First Lady Michelle Obama has launched a fierce defense of the healthy eating initiatives she championed.
At a public health summit in Washington, Michelle Obama hit back after the Trump administration loosened nutritional standards aimed at making US school lunches healthier.
“Think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap,” she said.
According to government figures, one in five American children is obese.
In thinly-veiled criticism of the policies of the new administration, Michelle Obama told the audience: “This is where you really have to look at motives, you know.
The former first lady added: “Take me out of the equation – like me or don’t like me. But think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap.
“Why would you celebrate that? Why would you sit idly and be okay with that? Because here’s the secret: If someone is doing that, they don’t care about your kid.”
While in the White House, Michelle Obama championed the “Let’s Move” campaign, which encourages exercise and healthy eating among young people.
The 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act made federal grants for school meals conditional on reductions in calories, sodium and trans fat content and increases in fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
However, earlier this month, US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue postponed reductions in sodium, relaxed requirements for whole grains and allowed sweetened flavored milk back.
Sonny Perdue said some aspects of the standards had “gone too far”.
The agriculture department said the change would give schools “greater flexibility”.