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“Cupcake Amnesty:” Childhood Obesity and the Political Divide

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 12, 2015

This morning in Austin, our state’s newly elected Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is holding a press conference to announce his first official act in office.  But Miller won’t use the occasion to address Texas’s troubling water shortage, which he had promised to make his “top priority” if elected, nor will he discuss any other issue of pressing concern to the state’s farmers or […]


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 […]


Yesterday I posted Part One of my interview with retired Air Force General Norman Seip of “Mission Readiness,” a bipartisan group of retired senior military officers concerned that 75% of American youth aged 17-24 are currently unfit to serve in the armed forces.  Obesity is the leading medical reason why potential recruits are disqualified, with nine […]


Don’t Make Me Eat My Words: A Plea for Help from TLT Readers

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 2, 2011

There was a while back there when it seemed like my sole purpose in life was to banish the birthday treat from school classrooms. I discussed the issue during my very first week of writing The Lunch Tray.  I wrote about it some more when a libertarian reader took me on.  It came up again when […]


J.O. Defends M.O., Calls Sarah Palin a “Froot Loop”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 28, 2011

Well, this put a smile on my face on a Monday morning. In a recent interview with Associated Press Food Editor J.M. Hirsch (TLT’s friend from “Lunch Box Blues” and High Flavor Low Labor), celebrity chef Jamie Oliver had some choice words for Sarah Palin for criticizing Michelle Obama’s anti-childhood obesity efforts. According to the […]


ObFo: Huckabee Scolds Fellow Republicans, Defends Let’s Move!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 25, 2011

If you want to know anything about the Obama White House relating to food, from the administration’s agricultural policy to what dessert is being served at the next state dinner, Obama Foodorama is the blog you’re looking for. Yesterday ObFo had two interesting posts on Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to combate childhood […]


Wall Street Journal Plays Gotcha with Sarah Palin on Obesity Issue

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 4, 2011

Over the TLT winter break, the Wall Street Journal editorial page did a nice job of skewering Sarah Palin for her recent, well-publicized attacks on Michelle Obama’s anti-childhood obesity efforts, all in the name of “personal freedom.” As I wrote here a few weeks ago, coming down on the First Lady for her concern over […]


Sarah Palin Attacks First Lady Michelle Obama’s Anti-Obesity Efforts

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 29, 2010

A few weeks ago I reported on former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s protest against a proposed Pennsylvania regulation that would restrict sugary treats in public schools.  Palin must have gotten some political traction (or just valuable publicity) with this gambit, because she’s once again taking an odd “anti-anti-obesity” stance in the name of “personal freedom.” According […]


My Guest Post on The Wellness Bitch

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 22, 2010

We love the Wellness Bitch around here – a foul-mouthed, take-no-prisoners blogger who specializes in sending out wake-up calls on various health-related issues that are often a much-needed slap in the face. Last week the WB, aka Jen Maidenberg, asked if I’d write a guest post summarizing my views on the birthday cupcake issue.  TLT […]


Sarah Palin and Birthday Sweets Redux

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 11, 2010

Yesterday I posted a news item about Sarah Palin’s publicity stunt of bringing 200 sugar cookies to a Pennsylvania school to protest the proposed regulations in that state which will limit sweets in school for classroom and holiday parties.  There were quite a lot of comments generated by that post, both here and on Facebook […]