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Is it a Good Idea for Schools to Ban Cupcakes at Birthday Celebrations?

As kids returned to school this year, many were faced with healthier alternatives to the junk food previously served. This comes as a result of schools cracking down to try to help the fight in, and ultimately stop, childhood obesity. All this is good, however some fear that school officials are taking it too far. Reports are saying that some schools will be cracking down on cupcakes in the classroom, particularly those to celebrate birthdays.

I definitely remember when it was my birthday in elementary school -- bringing cupcakes for your whole class was a big deal. Besides, shouldn't we be teaching our kids moderation? In my opinion, cupcakes everyday would be bad, but cupcakes to celebrate holidays and birthdays are not such a bad thing.

I'm curious what you guys think. Since school officials are cracking down on ridding junk food from schools, should cupcakes for celebrations be included in that ban?


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jianna jianna 9 years
Yeah obesity is a problem, but it sure as hell isn't the fault of birthday cupcakes. The problem needs to be addressed at home, not at school, and especially not on birthdays. Come on. Besides, nothing makes kids want something more than telling them they can't have it.
redsugar redsugar 9 years
^^^ Oh please.
How about we hold parents accountable for something!
kalaloughary kalaloughary 9 years
Why don't they have one day a month or a semester to celebrate the birthdays? and have mini cupcakes.
ragus ragus 9 years
in elm school we would just do one birthday party a month for all the kids in that month...One treat a month... (come on!) it sounds like there are some serious cupcake haters out there :-(
theworldloves theworldloves 9 years
Come on, it's only a cupcake!!! But I do hate the gross cupcakes from the supermarket : [
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Political correctness is killing the fun of childhood
misstsapinay misstsapinay 9 years
It's one cupcake. I don't think it'll hurt the kid, BUT I used to work at a school where the kids had it imprinted in their brains that cupcakes were bad, so instead of cupcakes, the kids would bring in cinnamon sugar bagels from Noah's Bagels. The principal at the school was on such a health kick, though he was a lard butt himself, and would emphasize on "fattening foods," making the kids scared of them. I offered a 6th grader a gummy worm once, and she said, "No, those are too fattening!" I mean it's good to influence a healthy lifestyle on kids, but not to the point where they're obsessed with counting calories and/or fat at such a young age. Kids should be kids, though I agree that parents do need to monitor what their child eats. One cupcake for a birthday celebration won't hurt them.
sunshyne sunshyne 9 years
do we have to celebrate everything with food? especially, bad food. let's teach them another way.
lindaloo lindaloo 9 years
I'm all for healthy eating but a birthday is a special treat. What are they supposed to eat...granola bars??
laluna27 laluna27 9 years
I think everyone is over thinking this stuff! I mean a cupcake is not a whole cake and its not everyday. If they want to make schools healthier, start with healthier lunches - no fries or pizza.
lovelie lovelie 9 years
This is the stupidest this I have ever heard! Do people not realize that simply banning one unhealthy (but very satisfying) food is not going to help children that are obese. In fact...this is almost contributing to the desire to eat unhealthy foods. Kids especially are vulnerable to the "forbidden fruit" ailment and restricting such things will only make them seem more appealing. Furthermore...this is a problem that needs to be addressed at HOME. A change of lifestyle is the only way to successfully help kids that are obese. One birthday cupcake is not going to do the trick.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I forgot to add that cupcakes are the best you can't ban them.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
When I was in grade school there were 3 of us in the same class that had the same birthday. We had a classroom celebration every year for 8 years plus a party outside of school. If you do have 8 kids that all have a birthday in the same monthe why don't you just celebrate them all one day. I have friends that are teachers and they pick a day once a year to have a mass birthday party for everyone. That way no one is left out.
christinafry christinafry 9 years
Oh my gosh people, kids have been celebrating their birthdays in class for ages.... and kids have had allergies for ages. So stop making that a "reason". I mean come on. I say... LET THEM EAT CAKE! :P
almostloli almostloli 9 years
it's ridiculous to ban cupcakes from celebrations n parties... :o
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
what?! cupcakes were the best!!!!!!
motherhelen motherhelen 9 years
I think that the Health and Wellness Policy is causing schools and employees to re-think the foods and beverages that are offered on campuses. I don't think that allowing special treats such as cupcakes or cookies every so often is a bad thing. If it happened every day that would be another story.
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
This is a little bit overboard.
LadyP LadyP 9 years
For cryin out loud, let the kids celebrate a birthday with cupcakes! Are they supposed to eat carrots and broccoli to celebrate? I think no. As long as it's not someones birthday every single day, once in a great while can't hurt.
ptotheenguin ptotheenguin 9 years
Oh, give me a break. I'm all for healthy options, especially when it comes to school lunches, but you don't celebrate with a veggie tray. Let the kids have their cupcakes!
mizlynz mizlynz 9 years
Let me get this straight...schools will TAKE OUT recess, which involves OUTDOOR PLAY...but they'll ban freakin cupcakes for birthday celebrations? *shakes head* Look, leave it to the parents to govern what their kids do and DON'T eat. Agh. It just sounds somewhat ridiculous to me.
mocelebgossisme mocelebgossisme 9 years
i believe children should also be taught everything in MODERATION!
georgie2 georgie2 9 years
I'm confused as to how school could change so quickly.... was the 90s really so long ago? I remember mum bringing in a cake for all the kids in class. All we did was run around before class, during recess and lunchtime and after school. Stuff like unhealthy food, allergies or mums' poisioning the kids didn't even come up!
Wikipedia Wikipedia 9 years
Gese, the ones they serve at school are usually the store bought kind (actually they have to be by school policy because they're scared the moms will poison the students or something) and they're so teeny tiny! I looked on the nutrition info of those things once, they're only 80 calories each. Plus, most of the kids' moms won't spring for those. I hardly see how it could do that much damage.
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