Brownie Ban: Is Massachusetts' Ban on Bake Sales Overstepping Government's Bounds?
A classic school fundraising tool is now the target of the fight against obesity in Massachusetts, with the state banning bake sales in a push to try to get students to eat more healthily. The move comes on the heels of a new study claiming the obesity rate in America will jump to 42 percent by 2030.
However, many parents and critics are outraged, calling
this the latest in what's become a trend of attacks on individual liberties. Michael Farris is the president of ParentalRights.org, and he says banning schools from innocent fundraisers isn't going to begin to solve the problem of childhood obesity.
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"The idea you can stop this by banning bake sales really is ridiculous," he said. According to Farris, the change has to begin and be nurtured within the family unit, with parents urging kids to be more active and demonstrating healthy eating choices by example.
"The government is very unequipped to make that kind of change in a child's life."