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Cupcake Wars: Schools Debate the Banning of Treats at School

Cupcake Wars: Schools Debate the Banning of Treats at School

In some schools across the state, celebrating a birthday in the classroom would be quite the disappointment.

Cupcakes and other "sugar-laden goods" are the topic of conversation among public health and school officials, according to an article on According to the article, "the Iowa City School district proposed prohibiting all homemade treats from school celebrations, allowing only fruits, vegetables and packaged foods with pre-approved ingredients."

Earlier this week, the article said, Texas's secretary of agriculture Sid Miller "declared a 'cupcake amnesty' that abolished all rules and guidelines that prevent parents from bringing cupcakes to school."

The article said this "cupcake war" is "a burgeoning childhood obesity rate. Nearly 20 percent of children 18 and younger are obese, according to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- quadruple the number compared to 30 years ago."

“Along with allergies, childhood obesity is one of the things we are trying to address with our new policies,” said Susie Poulton, the director of health services for the Iowa City School District in the article. “We want to make sure there are always healthy options available for our kids and we’re really working towards making that happen.”

As for Texas, the article said, "food blogger and school nutrition activist, Bettina Elias Siegel pointed out that the call for cupcake amnesty was unnecessary since the ban on junk food in Texas public schools was lifted more than a decade ago. However, if the rules were reinstated, she said she would support them."

“What I take issue with is bringing treats to school and the kids eating them without their parents' knowledge and consent,” Siegel said. "Outside of school, Siegel said she is unabashedly pro-cupcake. When her two kids first started school, she was one of the moms who baked cupcakes for their class celebrations. But then she noticed how often they were coming home with blue frosting on their faces."

“I wanted more control over what my kids ate and when,” she said.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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