Schools say healthy food changes are being ignored, some leading to food waste

Schools are pushing back against school lunch standards, stating that they aren't effective in the fight against childhood obesity.

STROUDSBURG, Pa.—As Washington debates school lunch standards rolling out across the country, several local school officials said the changes are not very effective in the fight against childhood obesity and in some cases are leading to food waste.

President Barack Obama signed legislation in 2010 aimed at improving nutritional standards in the nation's school cafeterias. It targeted sodium, sugar and fat and set requirements for more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in lunches.

House Republicans are seeking to allow certain temporary opt-outs from new rules, while First Lady Michelle Obama has hit back that playing politics with students' health is wrong.