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.