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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Jennifer Lynn Leible

Our school kids now get no white bread whatsoever at school lunch thanks to Michelle Obama and it is very tiring to the kids to only have wheat at all times. A little white bread isn't going to hurt them now and then especially on a hotdog!

nonmember avatar Erin George

Jenny lives to find issues with the Obamas. Sure people learn by example. That's what a demonstration is. It helps families learn first hand what they can do to help their children. What's wrong with sports courts? Really? It's a way to keep kids active and entertained. I hope the children have candy, because that's what they expect. But, there's nothing wrong with mixing in the Let's Move campaign. If the FLOTUS had merely served unhealthy items, Jenny would be quick to scrutinized and call her a hypocrite. There's really no winning. And don't get it twisted, Jenny--Easter candy may be traditional, but that's not what the holiday is about. Resurrection Sunday (Easter) is about Jesus Christ and his ultimate sacrifice. Disagree if you will, but regardless of your beliefs, that is the purpose of the day.

Ariel Evans

I love that she's turning it into a healthy thing. There are LOADS of things to give kids that aren't candy. I don't shove healthy eating down my kids' throats and they aren't told NO candy but they aren't given it all the time either. I love that she's incorporating it with a holiday that traditionally a 'candy holiday'


 

Tina Derrickson-Davis

I think she needs to check herself before she tells others how to control their diets. Why ruin a tradition by making it out to be a "fat camp" instead of a great day seeing the Easter Bunny and finding the eggs he hid?? I so cannot wait until 2016, anyone at this point is better.

laure... laurenemb

Where is the tradition ruined? Kids are still playing, all the same activities are there, but she's also encouraging kids to learn about healthy eating and the importance of running around on a holiday. Show me one child who leaves thinking "I WAS ROBBED OF AN AWESOME EASTER" when leaving this event and then we can talk.

mamal... mamalacy003

Wow this may b the reason that we have so many over weight children because everyone wants to jam it down everyone's throats. Trust me I'm not the most healthy eater or cooker on the planet but my children r far from lazy! They were not brought up on sitting in front of a TV so after they get their small sugar rushes that they get they run everything rite back off. Ppl need to stop taking the fun out of the holiday. Easter is about candy and fun not eating healthy n being annoyed by getting a cooking lesson. Smh

us3li... us3living

When you become first lady and run the egg hunt you should do whatever it is you want while others crititize you and until then maybe you should take a step back

Debbie Homesley

I don't get it...Lord KNOWS her kids get to have fun on our dime...Looks like she could just let our kids have fun ONE day anyway...I guess when you are absolutely useless as a first lady, you figure out ways to "appear" relevant...Guess this is all she knows...

Roger L Pastwa

WideBottom's fat camp. Now that's funny.

nonmember avatar H4RL4N

@Cass. We DON'T all know that Jenny Erikson would support a Republican first lady engaged in the same activity. We DO all know that you're a dingbat that needs to add hypothetical and unsupportable "facts" to a discussion to make a point that isn't even a good one.

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