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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I get lots of sugar over a long period is bad for your health, but as someone that smoked for 20 years.... there is no way you can compare the two.

    I've never heard of anyone dying or getting sick from exposure to second-hand soft drink either.


    For me, it's not an ideal situation, but could be a good opportunity to educate on what foods and drinks are or aren't suitable for human consumption.

    Although she's not quite 14 months old yet, when she's older, I personally will try my best to let DD know what is nutritionally good for her to eat or drink every day, but that there are also things that some consider to be appropriate to eat or drink on special occasions.

    If I were in the situation, I may briefly talk to the teacher after school when I get the chance and nicely let her know that soft drink may not be the best option, and suggest some other things she could try instead if she's thinking of doing something similar in the future.

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    Greez I didn't expect so many people to disagree with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yadot View Post
    Ok reading replies now and I agree with this.

    We never ever got rewarded at school, just graded according to the work we produced??

    I must be old..
    Yeah me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeaM View Post
    I'd be upset about it! The more research is done about sugar and particularly sugar in beverage form, the more and more appalled I am that we allow children to drink this stuff. Sugar is addictive - some research even suggests it's more addictive than cocaine and up there with heroine. I know it's sounds alarmist and a little crazy but at the same time I kind of believe it just based on my own experience cutting it out of my diet. As a consequence, I am very against sugary beverages in all forms. If some parents are ok with it, they can give their children whatever they want outside of school. But it's a terrible example to have a teacher bringing it into the class as a reward particularly if the school has a general policy against soft drinks.

    ETA: I just wanted to add that I don't ban all junk food just sugary beverages specifically and that includes juices, smoothies or whatever you want to call them (it's all the same below the neck). I don't have a problem with the occasional treat like a cupcake or a cookie, but I do think that soft drinks and sugary beverages are a problem. At least baked goods have other things in them, specifically fat and usually protein (maybe even fiver if you make them with wholegrain flour) that trigger your feeling full. Sugary drinks don't make you feel full ever. In fact, they often make you hungrier and eat more food than you might otherwise consume. Combine that with the addictive nature of sugar and you have a very dangerous combination. It's entirely reasonable to be upset by it being brought into the school by a teacher. That doesn't mean the teacher is horrible or anything - she probably just doesn't realise and she is trying to do a nice thing. Tell her to watch "Fed Up" and "That Sugar Film" and then decide if she still wants to bring in soft drinks for the students.
    Exactly! Thank you!

    A teacher should know better!

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    My kids school has a treat day at the end of each term. The last one d1 had a pizza party and ds2 had a movie day with popcorn supplied( I made cupcakes, just because) so wouldn't bother me...it's one day out of a whole term. Their treat for working hard. As for food rewards...meh who cares?!? It's a celebration. If I was having friends over I would provide yummy snacks....I sure as hell wouldn't serve kale

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwimum890 View Post
    I am with you, it goes against all healthy eating guidelines which I am sure the teacher is encouraged to teach in class too when covering the healthy food pyramid.

    I am quite surprised that we seem to sit in the minority on this subject, I find it quite sad that we are rewarding children with so much junk food, no wonder Australia has such high obesity rates...
    Totally agree!!
    I'm very surprised there only seems to be a few of us in the minority too actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *Chels* View Post
    My kids school has a treat day at the end of each term. The last one d1 had a pizza party and ds2 had a movie day with popcorn supplied( I made cupcakes, just because) so wouldn't bother me...it's one day out of a whole term. Their treat for working hard. As for food rewards...meh who cares?!? It's a celebration. If I was having friends over I would provide yummy snacks....I sure as hell wouldn't serve kale
    I wouldn't serve kale either but there are healthy alternatives you know?
    Party food doesn't always need to be sugary, additive ridden crap.

    And if the teacher wants to reward her students that's fine, but give stickers or a special game or whatever that isn't food-related.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyV View Post
    Am I missing something? Is there research to suggest soft drink is a carcinogen? If not this comparison seems like a huge stretch.
    I'll have to double check but I think the yellow additive (110) in pineapple and passionfruit soft drinks plus the caramel colouring in cola products are both known carcinogens

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    My biggest issue would be a party for finishing homework.....what?? This means they usually don't all finish it? I thought your just supposed to do homework?!?

    I'm all for rewarding good behavior/accomplishments, however, completing homework is not exactly an accomplishment.

    I'm not a fan of food rewards, however, a little party at school is not exactly going to do any long term damage, it's the same as a birthday party. Would you not allow your child to go to a birthday if soft drink was being served?

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    God forbid I must be a terrible mother not allowing soft drink in my children's diet. Oh dear!

    Maybe there's a reason I forbid it! A) on the occasions they have had it they get too loud and hyped up and not easy to deal with, especially at bed time and b) I'm trying to educate them myself about what it does.
    Their step dad is overweight (almost obese) so we have banned it here as we don't want them in the same position.
    And yes I know when they get older and leave home they might binge on it and drink litres of it a day (let's hope not) but while they're young and in my care I will say what they can and can't have. Not a bloody teacher who should be educating about what's right and wrong and should know better!!


 

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