Michelle Obama Turns White House Easter Egg Roll Into 'Fat Camp'

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The White House will host its annual Easter Egg Roll on Monday April 1 this year. More than 35,000 people will join the First Family on the South Lawn for “games, stories, and, of course, the traditional egg roll.”

Also, because we apparently can’t just let kids have fun anymore, the day’s activities will include sports courts and cooking demonstrations in accordance with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign. Nothing says “Happy Easter” like educating families on “smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines.”

I can just imagine the disappointment on some kid’s face when the Easter Bunny hands him a carrot instead of chocolate. Not everything has to be turned into an educational seminar. You know how to get kids not to care about healthy eating habits and exercising regularly? Jam it down their throats on a candy-holiday.

It’s not like parents are really going to listen to any of the cooking lessons anyway -- they’re at the White House, and they’re trying to keep track of their kids while vying for a chance to shake the president’s hand all the while hoping that no one has a melt down and embarrasses them in such a public, important setting.

The best way to teach is by example. You don’t have to explain everything as you do it -- you just do it. As I write this, I’m at Chick-fil-A, because it’s spring break over here and I didn’t have a sitter today and my kids were bouncing off the walls. They ate their chicken nuggets, some waffle fries, and small milkshakes. Yes, fries and shakes! They are currently wearing themselves out in the play structure while I tap away on my keyboard, glancing up occasionally to make sure they’re not crying or bleeding.

I didn’t have to sit down and explain calories or making healthy decisions or anything to them. I just provided them with the opportunity to have fun. I gave them their chicken first so they wouldn’t fill up on fries. I sent them off to play. Done.

The best way for Michelle Obama to teach families to be healthy is not to turn the Egg Roll into “fat camp.” It’s to have a great event, with lots of healthy eating options like sandwiches on whole wheat bread or salads or fruit or whatever kind of thing they serve at functions like this.  And don’t forget lots of candy -- it’s Easter after all!

Then turn the kids loose and them have a ball running around like crazy sugar-rushed maniacs. Not only will they burn off all the sugar calories, they’ll develop muscle strength and social skills as they make new friends and learn to get along in a group setting. That is healthy living, not “sports courts” and “cooking demonstrations.”

Do you think the White House should make the Easter Egg Roll more about fun than nutrition?

 

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Teal Chastain Blacksten

I agree w/ Cass. If Anne Romney was doing the exact same thing, you'd all be singing her praises. The seeming hatred of Mrs. Obama is just petty. Still sore losers aren't you, Repubs?

Torra... TorranceMom

I'm with PonyChaser & Billsfan. Don't talk about it, BE about it.

nonmember avatar mari

Well said, Jenny! Only recently did the White House decide that they would do the egg roll... period. I love how anyone who criticizes the Obama's actions, is a racist or a sore loser.



There is a time and place for everything. A traditional, fun, holiday event. LET THE KIDS HAVE A CAREFREE & FUN DAY! Sure obesity is a national problem. But the first lady doesn't have to ruin a day these kids will remember for the rest of their lives. Moderation means learning how to make good choices. If you're never allowed to just enjoy yourself, the lesson will be moot.

Judith K Littles

So many of these comments are from people who are so blatant in their bias against Mrs. Obama and her husband that previous comments from them nullifies anything they say her. michelle Obama practices what she preaches by eating healthy, quite often even on photo ops and modeling having an active lifestyle. If she was overweight and gulping down heaps of unhealthy food, I would concede the point that she does not practice what she preaches. However, we all know that Billsfan and ponychaser have an agenda whenever the post on, "The Stir" and no matter what the Obamas do they will have a negative comment to share.

Sirena Robinson

I think you're all losing the focus. Yes, Jenny is conservative. Yes, she generally writes bad things about the Obamas. I get annoyed by her myself a lot. But the truth is that not everything she writes is without merit, and on this, I halfway agree with her. But only half! I think the sports courts are a fine idea. Kids will be running around and playing basketball and whatever, and that's what kids that age are supposed to be doing. The cooking demonstrations seem out of place at an Easter event. If she were hosting cooking demonstrations with low cost, more bang for your buck ingredients, I think that would be helpful to poorer parents who might not know how to make good food that they can afford. The junk is cheaper! It's all in how its executed and the appropriateness of the venue. IMO, sports courts, YAY! Kids'll love 'em. Cooking demonstrations? Wrong time, wrong place.

dreab... dreabug23

Ponychaser-how do you know that Michelle Obama doesn't eat a healthy diet? Is it because she has eaten less than healthy foods while visiting restaurants. While campaigning? With that logic, Laura Bush didn't really support literacy because there were many, many times she was caught out in public not reading a book.

I highly doubt that this event is going to be ruined for a bunch of children because of the presence of a healthy cooking demonstration and a few non-sugar snacks. If it is a huge deal for the parents they are free not to go. Your bias is truly ridiculous. I am embarrassed for you.

bella... bellacazzate

Doesn't matter what side of the fence you're on: Michelle Obama is fit. 


What I really want to say:  why not just post a link with "Here is an article by a man named Craig Bannister. Rather than lifting the words straight off another blog/news site and including a useless personal anecdote like I usually do, I'm going to give credit where credit is due for ideas that are never mine."


Did anyone else click on the link? Headlines, emphasis quotes... the same. 


I don't care what The Stir writers' politics are; I do care that they have little integrity and jack things from other sites. 

there... theresaphilly

It should of been about fun. I don't give my kids tons of candy, but on special occasions no problem. Those kids don't want carrots, unless it is filled with jelly beans.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Oh, good, Dreabug. THANK YOU. You can be embarrassed for me. I'm SO relieved!! Now I can get on with the rest of my life, embarrassment-free.


There is a disconnect when she advocates a "healthy eating" program for the rest of us, but every time she has an eating photo-op, it involves junk food. Everyone around that family is supposed to be so media-savvy, and yet if you look at pics of her eating, it's almost always a big greasy burger, a big ol' hoagie, fast food, or a giant slice of pizza. Rarely, if ever, is there a picture of her eating well.


And if we must compare with Laura Bush, there ARE pics of her out there with books - plenty of them - mostly of her reading to classrooms full of kids. The fact of the matter is, Mrs. Bush had a background in what she advocated. She practiced what she preached, long before she preached it. Michelle Obama did not, and does not. For her, it feels more like a publicity stunt.


Bottom line - this is a day for the kids. Let them play, let them eat. Have a different day for cooking classes and preaching about healthy eating.

nonmember avatar jaynice

What a waste of money. It always has been. Now we are paying people to give cooking demos to ppl who couldn't care less. Just let the kids get the eggs & candy & give it a rest.

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