Cookie controversy bakes new question

By Marcelo Villa

Sarah Palin was in the news recently, but not for a political
matter. Instead, she is being criticized for remarks she made about
the Pennsylvania Board of Education at a fundraiser on Nov. 9.

During the fundraiser at Plumstead Christian School, Palin
commented on a potential vote that would impose stricter
regulations on the number of sweets allowed at Pennsylvania
schools.

It is not the government’s job to regulate what children eat at
school.

Palin’s comments supported this.

“Who should be making the decisions what you eat, school choice
and everything else?” said Palin. “Should it be government or
should it be the parents? It should be the parents.”

Palin brought dozens of cookies for the students of Plumstead
Christian School in an attempt to humor her audience on the
subject.

“I brought dozens and dozens of cookies,” said Palin. “I had to
shake it up for you guys, especially the press.”

A limit on sweets in the classroom is not going to prevent
childhood obesity or diabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
childhood obesity is prevalent in 17 percent of children ages
2-19.

Thirteen-thousand people under the age of 18 are diagnosed with
diabetes each year.

Ultimately, these childhood diseases begin in the home.

A child only spends an average of 6.7 hours a day at school as
researched by the National Center for Education Statistics.

In those 6.7 hours, there is only so much a child can eat while
at school.

Schools all over the country have constantly modified the types
of food served and for the most part, they have succeeded in
developing a balanced selection of alternatives to offer
children.

While some unhealthy choices may still exist at schools, the
majority of a child’s nutrition comes from the household.

A child who is taught to balance his or her nutrition in the
household will take that knowledge with them to form better choices
in other acts of life.

By limiting sweets at school, the Pennsylvania board will only
succeed in taking away unhealthy choices in one aspect of a child’s
daily routine.

A child may be limited at school, yet at home their food intake
is not monitored by a parent.

This responsibility should be upon the parents as they spend the
most time with the child and act as a role model for nutrition.

Every child should be entitled to a treat every so often, and
having this treat is not going to put a child in danger of being
unhealthy.

During the holidays, many teachers may have small parties in
class to reward the children for their hard work in the
classroom.

Cookies, cakes and other sweets are normally included in these
gatherings, and usually a child may be exposed to only a small
handful of these treats.

If this vote were to go in favor of banning sweets from
Pennsylvania schools, teachers would be forced to either ban
parties entirely or serve veggies and other healthy foods at these
parties.

During lunch, children would not be allowed to have a cookie or
small treat to go with their meal.

While this may not seem like a difficult change, it seems
ridiculous to not allow treats for either case.

Cookie controversy bakes new question

Illustration by Aaron Castrejon/The Poly Post

Cookie controversy bakes new question

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