Cupcake are often times used as symbols. Usually cupcakes symbolize something happy and delightful, but lately it has been invoked in a growing debate regarding school food policies. There is no doubt that childhood obesity is a growing problem, but is school food to blame? If it is, what is the necessary reform needed?
In the heated debate, school boards are considering banning some foods from the school entirely including cupcakes. A board member asks, hopefully rhetorically:
“They can’t have cupcakes? … One birthday party a month?” she said. “…I think it’s better to have happy children. They learn better, it’s pleasant for all. Along with the healthy foods, the kids have to be happy.” – The Evil Cupcake
In another article, a worried pediatrician retorts:
In a typical classroom of 26 children, there are up to 26 days of birthday cupcakes to contend with. Then you add in celebrations for holidays, and many classes have a party every week. There are many healthy birthday options, and we can use them to celebrate our children’s birthdays without sacrificing their health. – NYT Letters
What do our dear ATC readers feel about this issue? Should cupcakes be banned from schools? Or is it throwing the baby out with the bath water?