A ban on bake sales is the latest effort by New York City schools to curb childhood obesity. But both students and parents are livid over the new policy. Would this law fly in your school?
Here's why NYC school officials have instituted the new policy banning bake sales:
- Roughly 40 percent of the city’s elementary and middle school students are overweight or obese. Officials hope that prohibiting bake sales will help to limit how much sugar, fat, and calories students consume during the school day.
- Officials found a correlation between student health and performance on standardized tests—better health is linked to better academic performance. Therefore, officials hope that prohibiting junk food at school will help to increase academic performance.
Here's why students and parents are so opposed to the bake sale ban:
- Many school clubs and teams depend on the money generated from weekly bake sales.
- Banning bake sales is not an effective solution to the problem of obesity. There are better ways to improve student health at school including more physical activity/gym time, making more fresh, healthy foods available in the cafeteria, and teaching nutrition in schools.
What do you think? Is the ban on bake sales smart or idiotic?