SEARCH TIPS

Adolescence

Aging & Gerontology

AIDS & HIV

Alzheimer's Caregiving

Body Image

Brain Disorders

Cancer

Chronic Illness

Cross-Cultural Care

Death & Dying

Disabilities

Ethics

Family Issues

Gender & Sexuality

Genetics

Global Health

Grief & Recovery

Homelessness

Maternal & Child Health

Mental Health & Psychology

Nursing

Obesity

Pain Management

Sexual Abuse/Violence

Substance Abuse

Suicide/Self Injury

Women's Health


Contact Fanlight

Join Email List

Requests for
Digital Rights

Follow Us! On...
Twitter







photo Let Them Eat Cake
by Lisa Kaselak
Fosforo Films

Against the backdrop of the “Texas Cupcake Controversy,” this humorous, engaging documentary takes a close look at the processed food industry and at the ways that junk food and beverages are marketed to children — a factor believed to be a major contributor to today’s epidemic of obesity.

In 2004, responding to recent data which had declared Texas children the most obese and unhealthy in the nation, the state of Texas Department of Agriculture enacted a policy banning junk food in the state's schools. This move immediately ignited a firestorm of controversy, with some parents up in arms over this “big brother” move to control what their kids could eat in school.

In the debate over implementation of the Texas School Nutrition Policy, the lowly cupcake became a symbol for both sides: Supporters saw the legislation as an appropriate emergency response to data suggesting that the health impacts of obesity were costing the state over ten billion dollars a year. Opponents portrayed cupcakes as a necessary tool for school and PTA fundraising, and saw the ban on students bringing “birthday cupcakes” to school as unwarranted interference with tradition and with parental rights.

Capitulating to pressure from parents, and to the money and lobbying efforts of the food and beverage industries, in 2005 the legislature passed the “cupcake amendment,” rolling back the new policy. Some parents, educators, and health advocates have vowed that the cupcake wars are not over yet.

33 minutes
© 2006
Purchase $248.00 DVD
Order No. QA-458
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-858-8
close captioned

Awards & Conference Screenings
Student Academy Awards Nominee
Texas Action for Healthy Kids Alliance Summit
National Nutrition Month Health Fair, Texas
National Health Information Awards, Merit Award
Columbus International Film/Video Festival, Chris Award

Related Films
Fat Chance: Yuka, almost 200 pounds and fast approaching fifty, decides the time has come to lose weight in hopes of becoming healthier and happier.

Shredded: This provocative documentary explores the damaging lengths to which teenage boys may go to achieve the muscular, "shredded," look of action-movie stars and comic book superheroes. "If this screws me up, it screws me up," says one. "I want to get big quick."

The Weight of Obesity: Obesity is second only to smoking as the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. This documentary takes an accessible, non-clinical approach that communicates the serious consequences of obesity, while also offering strategies for change.

Good Food/Bad Food: Clear, accessible, and often humorous, this program examines the alarming rise of childhood obesity in the United States, while demonstrating effective ways that educators and parents can prevent and reverse the effects of this tragic epidemic.

Not So Sweet: Explores new approaches to the prevention and control of diabetes, and shows that it is possible to live a normal life with the disease. Includes a section on diabetes in Native American communities.


Awards & Screenings

Related Films

Web Resources


bar


Click on a purchase option to add it to your cart.

  Let Them Eat Cake DVD Purchase, $248.00
  Let Them Eat Cake, One-Day DVD Rental, $60.00

 

View Shopping Cart

If ordering from outside the United States, please fax (718) 488-8642 or email Fanlight to inquire about availability.
International Order Policy