Massachusetts bake sale ban set to go into effect in August

A long-honored tradition for schools and organizations to raise money for themselves and for causes may be coming to an end in the name of what officials say is better health for children, the Patriot-Ledger reports.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is set to institute new nutritional guidelines for schools in The Bay State that would cut down on the amount of junk food and bake sales in schools statewide.

The new law is set to go into effect this August. The director of the state's Department of Public Health cites stats that say that one-third of kids in Massachusetts schools are overweight.

However, parents and school supporters are worried that banning events like bake sales could severely limit fundraising opportunities for clubs and school-sponsored activities.

A report released Tuesday from the Institute of Medicine says that the response to obesity in America - which they say affects two-thirds of adults and one-third of children - has been too slow.

Another report cites statistics that say that 42 percent of American adults will e obese by 2030.