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Is the cure for the disease worse than the disease?

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Are new federal school lunch guidelines actually starving students? That's the suggestion of a YouTube music video which has gone viral.

The clip is a parody song called "We Are Hungry." It depicts students fainting at sports practice because they didn't get enough to eat at lunch.

At issue is a new law that limits high school cafeteria meals to 850 calories, substituting healthier fare for the old cafeteria standards.

At Jeff Davis High School in east Houston, Sofie Smith chalks up all the grumbling to the discomfort of change. But when kids actually try the new foods, she says, they eventually form better habits.

"I mean, there's a lot of things that they didn't used to eat and now they're like, ‘this is good, this is good after all'," Smith told FOX 26 News. "Even vegetables, believe it or not."

Dr. Susie Day, an associate professor at the UT School of Public Health, says 850 calories is a reasonable amount for a teenager's lunch. Day points out that's almost half the total daily calories that teens should be consuming.

If children will be engaging in physical activity after school, she adds, they shouldn't be gorging themselves at lunch.

Instead, they should eat a healthy snack closer to the time they'll be needing those calories.

To view the YouTube video "We Are Hungry," click here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IB7NDUSBOo

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