School Bans Birthday Sweets
October 30, 2008
In an effort to combat the growing obesity problem, the school board of Neenah, Wisconsin, has banned children from bringing in sweets to share with others for birthdays and other special occasions.
Since 1980, childhood obesity rates in the U.S. have more than doubled, and adolescent obesity rates have tripled. Nationally, more than 17 percent of kids ages 6 through 19 are obese. Even more are overweight but not yet considered obese.
Studies have shown that those kids who buy lunch at school are more likely to be overweight. Neenah is hoping to promote a junk-food-free zone at school.