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Goofy Sid Miller O Day- Cupcake Amnesty

25 January 2015 at 8:36:04 PM

because Sid Miller never disappoints in his efforts to pander on silly issues. Austin Chronicle

The 84th Legislature has barely begun, and we've already got officials competing for Clown of the Week. Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller – earlier known, from his authorship of an anti-abortion ultrasound bill, as the Man With the Vaginal Wand – announced that "the government here in Texas is getting out of your lives." He was announcing a "cupcake amnesty" for parents wishing to bring cupcakes or other sweets to public school for their offsprings' birthdays. Miller wasn't even right on the substance – nothing in state regulations prevents schoolchildren from celebrating birthdays in the conventional way, cupcakes and all – but the level of hypocrisy he achieved in the wake of his invasion of the bodily privacy of Texas women was breathtaking.

Houston Chronicle

For example, the conservative National Review gleefully declared Miller's cupcake amnesty announcement to be "further proof that Texas is the greatest state in the union." No good Texan would never argue with his or her state's greatness, but we do also hold the distinction of ranking fifth in the union for obesity among high school students, and 13th in the union for our climbing diabetes rate, which is predicted to reach almost 3 million cases by 2030. Over 36 percent of our kids aged 10-17 are overweight or obese, and that number is likely to grow as they age: in 2009, almost 67 percent of Texas adults were either overweight or obese, a figure which could reach an astonishing 75 percent by the year 2040, if present rates persist.

Against that backdrop, let's examine those unnecessarily "pardoned" birthday cupcakes a little more closely. In my children's crowded Texas public elementary school classrooms (some of which had up to 27 kids), students' birthdays could be celebrated well over 20 times a year. Putting aside all the other sugary treats kids receive at school from teacher rewards or classroom parties, not to mention illegal junk food fundraising, that's 6,000 extra calories per child per year (20 x 300 calories). Multiply that figure by six years of elementary school and, assuming a pound of fat equals 3,500 calories, a child in Texas public school could gain over 10 extra pounds from birthday cupcakes alone.

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