Big Fat Facts Big Fat Index

Cupcakes are Still Evil

Just in case you were wondering.

"One cupcake isn't bad. But it's never one cupcake," said Dr. Adam Becker, executive director of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children housed at Children's Memorial Hospital.

OMG TWO NO FOUR NO SIX BAKER'S DOZEN.

What will the kids do with two cupcakes? Or four? Clearly, they'll be a threat to our freedom and way of life!

Stuff like this makes me sick.

AV Club Can't Get Past Step One | COFRA Update: Fat Fifty

Fillyjonk's picture
Fillyjonk
December 16th, 2007 | Link | You know, in my

You know, in my recollection, REAL kids only ever ate one cupcake. For starters, parents only brought in enough cupcakes for every kid to have one. For seconds, kids have smaller stomachs and were basically done after one cupcake.

But that's REAL kids, not fat gluttonous insatiable fantasy kids intended for use as Obesity Epidemic bludgeons.

cynorita December 16th, 2007 | Link | That is true fillyjonk, I do

That is true fillyjonk, I do not recall there ever being more than one cupcake per child when I was in school... and when I made cupcakes for my kids classes (OMG I could be a terrorist) I made "one" for each kid in the class.

I am realllllllly tired of the good food bad food omg kids enjoying sweets is going to make them ........gasp teh fattie.

And just look at those enormous kids in that articles photo.. .all of them reaching for cupcakes when that "good" fruit is right there on the table!

Medea's picture
Medea
December 16th, 2007 | Link | It cracks me up that in the

It cracks me up that in the photo illustration every single kid is reaching for the cupcakes and ignoring (avoiding?) the sad-looking Token Fruit Platter a la Kroger. Clearly they are gluttons so lost to decency that they can't even work up a good head of guilt over liking frosting better than month-old, out-of-season grapes!

I'm also deeply suspicous of watermelon paler than my own pasty skin.

juliafaye December 16th, 2007 | Link | I wonder, if they let the

I wonder, if they let the kids choose what to eat, how many of them would actually go for fruit. Or would go for a cupcake, but then if they wanted more food, would take some fruit.
My guess is many of them!

Meowzer December 16th, 2007 | Link | I suppose this guy would

I suppose this guy would like to shut down all the bars too? After all, nobody ever goes in there for just one drink. And if they do, they pour like five shots into it, so it's really like five drinks in one, and how easily it slides down when mixed with Coca-Cola! Evil evil evil evil evil!

And he's obviously never made cupcakes for a group of kids. Yes, doc, it is "only one cupcake" if you only make one per person. Duuuuuuuhh.

Sarahbear December 16th, 2007 | Link | Oh my god are you serious?

Oh my god are you serious? What a perfect picture to support their paranoia. If you put a tray of cupcakes--something most kids probably don't get to enjoy very often because their parents are more than likely nutritionally responsible people who don't need help deciding what to feed and not to feed their children--next to a fruit platter, just what do you think is going to happen? Of course they're going to go for the sweets! Gah...

sarahj December 16th, 2007 | Link | When I was in kindergarten,

When I was in kindergarten, one student brought in cookies every week. And we had Vitamin D milk with 'em. That's probably illegal now. Pretty soon, it will be illegal to eat more than one cupcake. Ugh.

Viola's picture
Viola
December 16th, 2007 | Link | In my experience, the kids

In my experience, the kids don't even finish their cupcake if it is one of those disgusting kind that has that really thick, colorfully dyed vegetable shortening based frosting. They either eat all the frosting off, or half of the whole thing, or eat the cupcake from underneath and leave the frosting. Depends on the kid, I guess. In my 8 year old daughter's class, we sign up to bring healthy treats but yummy treats and yummy but not so healthy treats. I always cut up whatever fruit I have lying around, usually organic. The kids eat the fruit and come back for more. Other mothers bring luncheon meat and crackers, which I don't think of as particularly healthy as they often contain nitrates, partially hydrogenated oils or a lot of sodium and artificial flavorings, but we all have our own ideas of healthy foods, and the savory foods are popular with the children. I like the idea, presented in the article, of cutting up pieces of bread and decorating them with cream cheese and small vegetable pieces. I might actually do that this week, since I again have to bring a healthy treat. But I'm no longer a consumer of all those fat free products that I bought for years. They are too processed and end up adding other things to flavor them, and even though I still try and eat naturally lean types of foods, I don't think of the processed fat free stuff as healthy.

Blue December 17th, 2007 | Link | Seriously now, how are we

Seriously now, how are we teaching kids to make healthy choices if we never actually give them choices?

And as for school cupcakes, as I recall, they're the exception (holidays, b-days) ... not the norm. So that would be moderation.

I get the impression these people think that if you don't ban this stuff, kids will eat frosted cupcakes for breakfast, snack and lunch every day.

buttercup's picture
buttercup
December 17th, 2007 | Link | they're not even whole cupcakes!

They're not even whole cupcakes, they're those mini cupcakes. The ones from the grocery store that are always all dried out with that horrible greasy artificially flavored, chemically colored frosting. Yuck!

won't someone please think of the children?

CorinnaMakris December 17th, 2007 | Link | I only eat one

Because I don't really like sugar.

DeeLeigh's picture
DeeLeigh
December 17th, 2007 | Link | Isn't the whole point of

Isn't the whole point of cupcakes that they're a single serving, and you get your own cute little cake? Who eats more than one?

TariRocks's picture
TariRocks
December 17th, 2007 | Link | Ummm....

I'm not going to lie. When I was little, if there was an extra cupcake, I was eating it. I loved me some cupcakes. I'm sure *that* was the whole reason why I was a fat kid, too. An extra cupcake maybe three times a year. Yeeeeeah.

I'm so glad I don't have kids. I'd hate to make them miserable by being "that mom" who is always writing notes telling the teachers and administrators to stay the hell out of my parenting business.

klrtink December 17th, 2007 | Link | You know, as a mother who

You know, as a mother who just recently had her child enrolled in school (tons of testing and such for my poor little man made his start school late) I am not at all shocked by this kind of shit.

The simple fact that school cafeterias push low fat milk is an obvious sign of our insanity. How easily people forget that our young children NEED the fat in order to help their brains develop properly. Seems to me that this push for low-fat/no-fat in schools is going to result in a generation of children that cannot function nearly as well as the generation before them, in school, because their brains were denied access to the very thing that fuels them.

I am so sick of this crap. Not to mention that certain vitamins and minerals are only absorbed in the body through fat. Hence the term "fat soluble". Intentionally stupid people piss me off.

tarahj65 December 18th, 2007 | Link | rant: what's wrong with having more than one cupcake???

I was a kid a looong time ago, a "real" kid, and when given the chance I certainly would have had more than one cup cake, I'm not sure what's wrong with that. Also I'm a little confused by why it's important (for people writing here) to point out that kids will only eat one. First, that's not always true, and second so what??? One of our defenses seems to always be 'we don't really eat that much...swear!'. Who's business is it how much we eat, and why feel the need to rationalize?

Viola's picture
Viola
December 18th, 2007 | Link | Also I'm a little confused

Also I'm a little confused by why it's important (for people writing here) to point out that kids will only eat one.

It was in reference to the person in the article saying that one cupcake isn't bad, but it's never just one cupcake. Which isn't really true. Often it is just one cupcake, or part of one cupcake, for a variety of reasons. Of course there are times when it it's not. But kids, fat kids too, can be presented with junk food and not have an interest in eating it. Growing up as a fat kid and reading books that sometimes had fat characters, the fat characters in the things I was reading were always depicted as eating way too much, way more than the other kids. They were only there, it seems, as some sort of object lesson. And it didn't match what I saw in real life, so that might be why I get a little obsessed with the fat people eat more. Although, you know, I *do* eat a lot.

I think most kids will self regulate and fat at some point. I have one daughter who wouldn't eat a whole cupcake, and one who would probably eat 3 or 4 if she could get them. But both of them will easily walk away from these things if they aren't in the mood for them, and they would both choose to eat some of the healthy foods provided as well.

yamigurl December 18th, 2007 | Link | Who has the money?

Newsflash.....cupcakes are kinda expensive...both terms of money (when you buy them) and time (when you make them). Cupcakes are a little treat for a kid's birthday....I can't think of a single instance when a parent in a class ever brought more than one cupcake per child. Who wants to provide a cupcake binge for kids you barely know?
We should be vastly more concerned with the lack of PE programs and the lowquality school lunches provided by SODEXCO. Cupcakes are for birthdays and holidays, but those kids have to eat those lunches every day.

richie79's picture
richie79
December 18th, 2007 | Link | Also I'm a little confused

Also I'm a little confused by why it's important (for people writing here) to point out that kids will only eat one.

It's the good fatty / bad fatty thing again. If you're fat of course you should only eat one cupcake; better still, none at all. And if you make a big public song and dance about only eating one or abstaining because you're 'being good' 'watching your weight' etc that marks you as a Good Fatty (ie one who's actively trying to become thin). We, just like the rest of society, so need to move beyond it. There are many other allegedly harmful lifestyle choices people make every single day which don't seem to expose them to the same level of criticism as that to be fat and content with it. And if I want to eat fast food, even mountains of it, I don't see why it's anyone's business beside my own. No, it may not be in keeping with the principles of HAES, but where's the rule saying that all fat people in the movement must practice HAES?

I suppose this guy would like to shut down all the bars too? After all, nobody ever goes in there for just one drink. And if they do, they pour like five shots into it, so it's really like five drinks in one, and how easily it slides down when mixed with Coca-Cola! Evil evil evil evil evil!

Well, in Britain they're now trying to demonise recreational drinking and justify tighter controls on alcohol sales with exactly this logic. The moral panic over 'binge drinking' seems even to have supplanted that over obesity from the media front pages here for the last few weeks. It seems that nothing and no-one is safe from the lifestyle police.

I'm so glad I don't have kids. I'd hate to make them miserable by being "that mom" who is always writing notes telling the teachers and administrators to stay the hell out of my parenting business.

As I do hope to have children one day, I'll face exactly this dilemma the first time I find out that they've had their lunchboxes searched, been put on the scales in front of the class or made to write poems or sing songs about why it's good to be thin etc. British parents are (for now) still entitled to withdraw their children from specific lessons involving content with which they disagree (religious instruction, sex ed etc), but unfortunately the anti-obesity message has now infiltrated every part of the curriculum to such a degree that I suspect it would be more beneficial to withdraw them from state schooling altogether. I doubt there are too many parents who cite 'institutional fat prejudice' as justification for homeschooling their kids... though given the current climate I'd worry what Social Services would make of such a disclosure.

Meowzer December 18th, 2007 | Link | Well, the Goody Good Doctor

Well, the Goody Good Doctor did say it was never "just one cupcake," so therefore I feel it incumbent on myself to tell him that that's just not true. Sometimes it's one, sometimes more than one, but for him to say it's never "just one" is ridiculous, that even one bite of a favorite treat equals a binge, because in fact binge eating disorders are a lot more likely to occur under his no-sugar-ever rules than under cupcakes-are-normal-eating ones.

diane December 21st, 2007 | Link | So here's a way around it...

So here's a way around it... just bring the cake whole, don't put it in cups. Apparently it's the cup that freaks these people out as I didn't see a sheet or layer cake mentioned. ; )

Although honestly, I don't have a problem with "home-made" food being banned from the class or work room. I have no idea what kind of sanitary conditions or ingredients these people used, for all I know they have animals that licked the plate the foods on! I personally think, if they're going to allow outside food, it should come from a bakery or other kind of eatery, home-made foods should not be allowed, but again that's just my opinion.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

© 2000-2014 Big Fat Blog and its authors, all rights reserved. Big Fat Blog, Big Fat Facts, and Big Fat Index are our trademarks.