A Mom Says, Just Leave the Snacks at Home!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 31, 2014

A few months ago, I shared on Facebook and Twitter a terrific piece in Parents magazine about how today’s kids are being offered food more often than ever before.  Written by Real Mom Nutrition‘s Sally Kuzemchak, ”The Snack Epidemic” reported that: In the late 1970s, the average kid between the ages of 2 and 6 ate one snack […]


Happy Friday, TLT’ers!  I’m closing out the week with a quick round-up of links of interest: Gail Collins on School Food, Paul Ryan on “Empty Souls” Gail Collins had a great column yesterday in the New York Times on the never-ending politicization of school food, prompted in part by Paul Ryan’s recent (and, dare I say, […]


Your Monday Kid-and-Food News Round-Up

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 18, 2013

Happy Monday, TLT’ers! I was out of town and had to let the blog languish a bit, so here’s a link round-up to kick off the week and get you up to speed: President Signs Epi-Pen Bill Into Law Back in September I told you about pending legislation which would provide financial incentives to schools […]


Help Get Food Education Into Every American School!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on July 10, 2013

The longer I blog on The Lunch Tray, the more I become convinced that the keys to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic and improving kids’ health rest with kids themselves. That is to say, we absolutely must do what we can to improve our children’s food environment — school food reform, improved competitive food, reining […]


Over the weekend a friend shared on TLT’s Facebook page this post from The Daily, which compares school lunches from the fattest and fittest counties in the nation, Greene County, AL and Routt County, CO, respectively. According to The Daily, the school food in Routt County, where only 14% of adults are obese, includes “seasonal […]


Bloomberg vs. Soda: My Piece in The Guardian

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 1, 2012

[The following piece originally appeared on the website of The Guardian.] New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made headlines by announcing his administration’s plan to ban the sale of sugary drinks offered in containers larger than 16 ounces. The proposed “large soda” ban would affect food service establishments like restaurants, movie theaters and street vendors, […]


Weighing In on “Weight of the Nation”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 29, 2012

Just before the holiday weekend I finally finished viewing all four installments of the HBO documentary on obesity, “Weight of the Nation.” I’d been contacted by one of the show’s producers months before and was eagerly anticipating the show’s debut.  So I was surprised to encounter so much negative feedback about it before I watched. […]


Now that school is almost out and the pace in the TLT household is slowing down, it’s my goal to tackle a teetering bedside stack of kid-and-f00d reading.  So this summer you can look forward to several book reviews and – yay! – book giveaways to add to your own summer reading list. One of […]


Study: Diabetes on the Rise Among Teens

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 21, 2012

The New York Times reports today on a study finding that the incidence of diabetes and prediabetes among teenagers has significantly increased in the last ten years, even while rates of teen overweight and obesity have held steady. While the study’s findings are not conclusive, it indicates that nearly one in four American teens are on the verge of developing […]


As many of you know, I’ve long been concerned about the quality of the so-called “a la carte” items sold by my district, Houston ISD (the nation’s seventh largest) in its cafeterias and snack bar lines. These foods, offered in direct competition with the federally reimbursable meal and sold only to turn a profit, tend […]