Teen Urges Obama Girls To Push For Veggie Meals

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Wyntergrace Williams is a 14-year-old vegetarian who is campaigning for healthier school lunches. That's why she has penned a letter to Sasha and Malia Obama.


Wyntergrace, whose dad is TV personality Montel Williams, writes:

I'm a big fan of yours. It seems that we have a few things in common. We all love dogs, live on the East Coast, have fantastic moms and maternal grand moms and both of our dads are quite famous. In our household we also eat healthy foods and I am working on a school project to get healthier foods in schools across the country. I would love for you to join my campaign and sign my petition and encourage other students and families to follow our own and respective families' lead.

Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has been working with Wyntergrace, lobbying for change. He says: "President Obama's daughters attend a private school that offers healthy vegetarian options that all students should have access to. But most schools only provide meatless meals if Congress pushes them to do so." Wyntergrace went vegetarian four years ago, but claims she never liked meat. According to US News & World Report, "Even at Thanksgiving, when her parents would urge her to eat traditional turkey, she'd balk, saying that turkeys shouldn't have to die to celebrate Thanksgiving."

You can read Wyntergrace's full letter here. The White House has no comment. But can you blame them? Malia is 11. Sasha is turning 8. Though their father has been elected to public office, the girls are technically private citizens. Should they really be expected to take a public position on any cause, even something as positive as healthy lunch?

One thing is for sure: If media-savvy Wyntergrace intended to get some attention for her campaign by using the girls' names, she succeeded.

Malia and Sasha Obama Urged To Join Veggie Campaign [US News & World Report]

Related: Healthy School Lunches [Official Site]
Related, sorta: How To Raise A Foodie [Strollerderby]


I really worry about restricting kids' diets in almost any way when they're that young, unless they've been specifically told to so by a doctor. They're growing girls. They seem to be active and healthy.