A flagrant act of nutritional disobedience …

Excerpted from NY Times, “Bake Sales Fall Victim to Push for Healthier Foods”, November 10, 2008

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Members of the Piedmont High School boys water polo team never expected to find themselves running through school in their Speedos to promote a bake sale across the street. But times have been tough since the school banned homemade brownies and cupcakes.

The old-fashioned school bake sale, once as American as apple pie, is fast becoming obsolete in California, a result of strict new state nutrition standards for public schools that regulate the types of food that can be sold to students. The guidelines  … require that snacks sold during the school day contain no more than 35 percent sugar by weight and derive no more than 35 percent of their calories from fat and no more than 10 percent of their calories from saturated fat.

The Piedmont High water polo team falls woefully short of these standards, selling cupcakes, caramel apples and lemon bars off campus in a flagrant act of nutritional disobedience.

The ban on bake sales has not been met with universal enthusiasm. The Piedmont Highlander, the school newspaper, editorialized about “birthday cakes turned into contraband” and homemade goodies snatched from students “by the long arm and hungry mouth of the law. You shouldn’t stop a kid from buying a cookie.”

The idea is that policy interventions to reduce consumption “will do for junk food what smoking bans and taxes did for tobacco.”

Full article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/10/us/10bake.html

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Ken’s Take: Yeah, worked pretty well on smokes … 

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