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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nonmember avatar MammaMel

have you SEEN HER??? I would take any advice from her on how to look THAT good at her age! And as someone who WAS an obese child I full appreciate her campain and hope that it helps children. I think that making the Easter Egg roll is great! My son doesn't get candy for easter (I do give him a "healthy chocolte bunny") because I feel that encouraging healthy habits should never stop. I know what it's like be the fat kid who wishes they weren't always offered candy and that people would support a healthy lifestyle ALL THE TIME!

Zenia6 Zenia6

A quick google search explained in to me, I could not understand this "every time she is photographed eating, she is eating junk" argument. It appears to be a thing inside the republican bubble. Looks as though on 3 separate occasions she ate crap food. Those images are everywhere. Its good to occasionally step outside that bubble and check life out without your hate-colored glasses.

Dana E Armstrong

Really grasping there Jenny......and here we thought with all this 'evolving' you've been doing you might have seen the stupidity of the Michelle bashing.  Didn't Reince get the memo to you?  

dreab... dreabug23

I would also like to point out that the comment section of the source Jenny used is riddled with offensive, racist comments about how Mrs. Obama eats fried chicken, ribs, watermelon and 40's of Colt 45. Why in the name of God would you use this horrid site as a source?

nonmember avatar Dawn

The real problem here is that kids can't just have fun anymore. The expectations placed on kids today is ridculous. One day out of the year with some indulgence is not going to hurt anyone. How about the traditional egg roll with some candy and then the other stuff? Too much pressure on kids which leads to guilt if they don't do everything people say they are supposed too.

nonmember avatar Debbie

Pathetic article Jenny Erikson. I bet all the kids lucky enough to attend had a whale of a time. Find something that really matters to waste your energy on. You could start with something obvious, like how innocent children continue to be slaughtered by guns.

Eddie... EddiesMama83

Why doesn't Michelle Obama just cancel Easter, then go lock herself up in the kitchen and gorge herself on chocolates! We know that's what she REALLY wants to do!

nonmember avatar Jen

Why does Easter have to be celebrated with tons of candy???? Is that what the holiday is supposed to be about?
I think it's perfectly acceptable for this holiday event to include some healthy ideas! I guess if the parents don't like it, they don't need to go. I guess it's good you weren't invited.

Mason... MasonsMom503

Jews people! The kids will have fun! She just added more games for them to enjoy!

Mason... MasonsMom503

Jees! I meant to write Jees! Darn autocorrect!

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