A Reader’s Food-In-The-Classroom Success Story

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 30, 2012

Last week I shared a reader’s account of a teacher who used candy and other junk food to teach kindergarteners the ABCs and who was oblivious to two reported food allergies in her classroom.  But the story had a happy ending:  after the parent met with the teacher, the junk food program was dropped and […]


Study: Type 2 Diabetes Harder to Treat in Children

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 30, 2012

The New York Times reports today on a study finding that Type 2 diabetes (previously referred to as “adult-onset” diabetes, before the current childhood obesity epidemic) “progresses more rapidly in children than in adults and is harder to treat.” Researchers don’t know why this is the case, but suspect that children’s growth and hormonal changes at […]


Food In the Classroom: Teachers Speak Out

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 26, 2012

Yesterday’s manifesto against food in the classroom, which I pounded out at my keyboard in a fit of complete frustration and anger, has clearly resonated with a lot of people.  With three exceptions (two of which I couldn’t print because they contained such foul language), comments posted here and on Twitter and Facebook have uniformly […]