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by Dr.Diet, Diet.com's Medical Director

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School districts are cracking down on classroom treats like cupcakes and cookies in an effort to thwart the obesity epidemic that is affecting our children.

Sorry, Cupcake, You’re Not Welcome in Class
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Dr. Diet weighs in:

There’s a battle going on in our schools and in our family’s kitchens regarding how often sweet treats are allowed.

Whereas some schools have altogether banned sweet treats, others have recently passed legislation that supports sweet treats in the classroom for holidays like Valentine’s Day and Halloween. Some schools are getting creative and celebrating birthdays with favorite books instead.

We live in a society of excess where the occasional sweet treat or dinner out has turned into daily indulgences. Whether you have kids or not this issue is a pertinent one to all dieters.

I’m not in favor of a complete ban on sweet treats because like with restrictive diets, this can set you up to crave those foods you can’t eat and overeat them later on.

Besides, we should be teaching our children about moderation and ways to enjoy sweet treats without going overboard.

Just as I suggest that my adult patients split desserts with friends so they can enjoy small portions, maybe our children should be taught to do the same thing.

How about inventing a cupcake cutter that will divide 1 cupcake into 4 equal parts to be slowly eaten and enjoyed by 4 children? Now that’s a patent worthy of submission.

@ 1:29am ET on October 14, 2006
I'm a teacher and my school is trying to adjust to these new guidelines. We no longer have donuts fro sale in the morning. We have changed our pop machines into juice and water machines. We are offering fresh fruit along with the usual vending machine junk. Kids have told me for years they would eat fruit instead of candy if it was available. When they are hungry they will eat whatever is available, just like your kids at home.

@ 1:52pm ET on October 16, 2006
I'm always shocked by the size of the cupcakes I see in the grocery store. When I was in school, my grandmother would bake cupcakes to send for birthdays and things like that. They were very small and had a thin layer of wonderful homemade icing on top (maybe 4 millimetres). Now I see them in the shops, and they're huge with massive gobs of buttercream icing swirled up on top--often thicker than the cake part underneath. It's not just the sweet treats, it's the size of them and the frequency with which we eat them. I never had a store-bought cake growing up; they were baked from scratch for special days only. I think that's a big part of the problem--"treats" aren't treats anymore, they're just everyday food.

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