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 Cass

Although I agree that there is a time and a place for healthy eating, I think it's a bit ridiculous for you to criticize the celebration when we all know you'd be supporting a Republican First Lady's decision to do the same.

GoDod... GoDodgers

An Easter Bunny handing out carrots? That's as wrong as filling a pinata w/ broccoli at a birthday party. :( Wrong time, wrong place.

Zenia6 Zenia6

Alrighty then, sorry all the MSG and hormones in your chick-fil-a nuggets made you cranky, but you should dial back the hate a smidge. Just because MrsO is hosting, does not make it the worst thing ever.

nonmember avatar Nona

Unless death from obesity related illnesses decides to take a holiday for Easter, there is no wrong time or wrong place to fight this epidemic.

PonyC... PonyChaser

It wouldn't be so bad if she didn't (1) turn everything into a tribute to her "Let's Move" campaign, and (2) nullify everything she tells everyone ELSE to do by scarfing down greasy food at every restaurant photo op she attends.

I think the program is a good idea. There haven't been many First Lady Endeavors that I haven't been approving of. But this First Lady... I don't know. She doesn't live what she teaches. That's the problem I have with her. She has a more 'holier-than-thou' approach to it, I guess. It's always "do as I say, not as I do".

In one respect, Jenny is right - set the example, don't preach. Offer the good stuff, have a good, active-activity filled program, and then back the heck off. Nobody wants to be preached to at a party.

Zenia6 Zenia6

@Pony- if she did not scarf down the food, she would be a "snobby elitist"- there really is no winning here. It is seen as hypocrisy instead of everything in moderation and not offending your host If she does not live what she teaches she would probably not be as fit.

Anytime you have kids (and parents) attention you have an opportunity to teach good habits. If she did not promote "Let's Move" and only served junk she would be dinged on hypocrisy again- so she may as well do what she believes in.

dreab... dreabug23

I don't recall Laura Bush receiving this much flack for her literacy campaign. Give it a damn rest.

bills... billsfan1104

Dreabug, thy just called her daughter sluts and drunken whores and bashed her family.

The problem with Michelle Obama is that she doesn't practice what she preaches.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Well, she already is a snobby elitist, but that's beside the point. She wouldn't be called that for eating what she expects everyone else to eat. In fact, her doing that would make this whole discussion a non-issue. It is the exact reason that it IS an issue.

And Dreabug, Mrs. Bush didn't get flack for her literacy campaign because she was... LITERATE. She was a librarian by trade, and had some serious background in what she advocated. Michelle Obama has no training in nutrition or fitness. Which is fine - you don't have to be an expert to promote it - but for the love of pete, at least TRY to look like you believe what you preach.

dreab... dreabug23

@billsfan- Just like "they" bash the Obama family?


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