Easter Bunny as bad as Santa

Jodi - posted on 04/16/2011 ( 28 moms have responded )

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An academic who copped sacks full of criticism after accusing Santa Claus of promoting obesity has risked enraging his detractors again after blaming the Easter Bunny for making kids fat.

Nathan Grills admitted he was flooded with angry emails after saying Santa and his jolly big belly normalised obesity, just before Christmas 2009.

Now the University of Melbourne public health physician is at it again, branding the Easter Bunny public enemy number one in the battle against the bulge.

But before the flak starts flying again, Dr Grills insists his accusation is simply a satirical look at an increasingly serious issue.

"Although the Easter Bunny's delivery practices may provide a better role model than Santa's, with its vigorous round-the-world hopping sustained only by carrots, the Easter Bunny may have a more direct impact on obesity," Dr Grills said.

Rather than promoting chocolate to children, the bunny should be used to support healthy eating campaigns, he added.

His tongue-in-cheek suggestion is outlined in an article published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

He makes a final suggestion that is highly unlikely to catch on.

"Chocolate egg hunts could become brussels sprout hunts," Dr Grills joked.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/arti...

So, all jokes aside, are Easter Bunny and Santa bad for our waistlines, are they contributing to the obesity problem?

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JuLeah - posted on 04/17/2011

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With some help from parents' the Rabbit and Santa both can offer healthier options. Even if candy is wanted, and it is. There are companies that make candy with less sugar, natural flavors and colors, no dyes, no chemicals .... one has to shop around, but if you find a store that sells the stuff you can pass the info on to the Bunny who will, I promise you, respect your wishes for a healthier holiday. Santa too will respect whatever the parents' want. If you are worried about waistlines, try holding egg hunts across a ten acre field, or on a steep mountain maybe.

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I don't do the easterbunny for the same reason i don't do santa. I don't think any reason is a valid reason to lie to gabby. I don't think holidays are causing obesity. Its daily overeating that causes it.

Desiree - posted on 04/17/2011

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Jodi I agree but it gets old. I got my kids to give up pocket money and donate it to the SPCA.

Jenni - posted on 04/17/2011

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No... it's parent's fault.

For one there's no such thing as the Easter Bunny or Santa. ooooo that's an earth shatterer! Sorry if I ruined it for anyone. ;)



Secondly, It's up to us to moderate their intake. I mean I don't take my 2 year old out on hallowe'en and have him canvas 3 city blocks. I take him to a couple of our neighbours' houses. And then I eat half of his candy for him so it doesn't go to his hips. Oh, the sacrifices a parent is willing to make for their children.



Same as Easter and Christmas. I make sure to eat all their treats then too. :p



Come on' they believe childhood obesity stems from letting kids spluge 3 times a year? Ummm no. We did it as kids and we were all skinny. It comes from bringing home Mc Donalds 3 times a week and Pizza another 2. Stuffing hostess and lunchmates in our kids' school lunches and lucky charms every day for breakfest. Then spending the rest of the day vegging out in front of the TV or playing PS3.

Sherri - posted on 04/16/2011

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Just another reason to blame others for people not being able to control what they are shoveling into there faces. God golly take responsibility to what foods you are feeding yourselves and your families and stop looking for someone else to blame Santa, The Easter Bunny, the Fast food chains. GAH!!

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Brittany - posted on 04/18/2011

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Santa and the Easter Bunny are the reason for obesity? Really? If that's so, why weren't we all fat a long time ago? I feel that children are obese 1) due to an uncontrollable medical condition in some cases and 2) because the parents either didn't teach the child proper eating and exercise habits or the child has chosen not to listen to their parents. Parents leading by example will have a larger impact on childhood obesity than Santa having a jolly tummy and the Easter Bunny leaving a few chocolates on Easter. This guy sounds like a nut.

JuLeah - posted on 04/18/2011

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@Emily Health food stores, Trader Joes, and markets that cater to the organic ... don't know where you live but in the Pacific Northwest we shop at PCC, Whole Foods, QFC and the like ... maybe google can help?

Jenni - posted on 04/18/2011

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When I was a kid the Easter Bunny use to hide real eggs for us that we painted the night before. A few little chocolates and a toy. I guess nowadays they'd have to be egg whites. :s
Then my mom or grandma would turn them into egg & potato salad for easter dinner, a few lucky eggs would be made into devilled eggs. mmmmmmm. love those!

Holli - posted on 04/18/2011

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This is bull you become obese from eating unhealthy year round and not exercising. One day of eating more candy than usual isn't gonna do it.

Emily - posted on 04/17/2011

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Question is, can the bunny pass on the info on where to find those chemical/dye free candies? We are avoiding artificial colors like the plague, and that left chocolate, and nothing else. :P The basket is being filled with comic books and little toys this year. (And one big choco-bunny)

Sherri - posted on 04/17/2011

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We don't do a lot of candy either instead we do a lot of small presents, with a few pieces of candy.

ME - posted on 04/17/2011

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We eat a lot at our holiday meals...but I can't blame fictional characters for my weakness of will. We don't give our kids anything for easter. My parents create easter baskets for them, but I think it's a bit of a foolish tradition. My parents are only allowed to give the kids one small choc. rabbit or whatever...all their other "treats" must be either books or clothes.

Emily - posted on 04/17/2011

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Ugh, I'm so sick of the preachiness of those who "know better" than "us". What ever happened to self-control and willpower?
We went to a baseball game the other night. But they seemed to suck all of the fun out of it by preaching at us every 10 minutes about brushing your teeth, and eating veggies, and not "sexting". Really??? This is a what a family trip to the baseball game is supposed to be? Why can't we just eat our hotdogs and soda, and enjoy ourselves?
The Easter Bunny isn't making anyone do or eat anything. My kids don't believe in the bunny, but they do love their chocolate eggs, etc. I just make sure they don't gorge themselves, and they get tons of exercise, outside. They're skinny little buggers.

Charlie - posted on 04/17/2011

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Someone should tell him Santa and the Easter bunny do not exsist LOL.

Amber - posted on 04/17/2011

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If holiday snacking caused obesity I wouldn't have to travel to 3 stores just to find the 4 Slim pants that my son needs; he'd need regulars or husky fits.

Dito all the comments about a healthy daily diet and high activity level.
Although I'll be happy to blame my waist line on mythical characters. Running 3 miles 4-5times a week and eating healthy still can't get me under a size 12....how the hell does that work out? :-/

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I was thinking something similar to this just yesterday. The treats you normally expect around holidays aren't treats anymore. Who really cares about candy corn when you can now get it year round (I speak as a candy corn fiend). Is Easter chocolate that special now that you can get chocolate anything year round? I'ts not the mythical bunny that's causing obesity. It's the fact that you can binge on this stuff year round.

Jodi - posted on 04/17/2011

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LOL Desiree, half the mums at my kids' school have given up chocolate for Lent. It is a bit of a standard around here :D

Desiree - posted on 04/17/2011

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Being Catholic, Lent is a long time 40 days to be exact of which we obstain from our favourite treats or something we love to do. I gave up scrapping, now I have a pile of stuff and work that is going to keep me busy through the very long cold winter months ahead. But the day I am able to start again is wonderful. Many people give up their favourite foods and chocolate I am sure they are looking forward to that first bite come Easter morning. Besides its once a year and a long with Christmas who isn't intitled to a little indulgence no matter how you celebrate!! Only stupid people overdo things and try to fit it all in one day or carry on and blame it other for their own in ability to stop themselves during the year.

Amanda - posted on 04/17/2011

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Lets not take personal responsiblity and blame fake characters like Santa and Easter bunny, for the lack of will power in the world! Give me a break, I am so sick of the politically correct bullshit of the world lately (I must be getting old and cranky).

Who the heck allows their children to eat all their easter chocolate in one day?? Or christmas treats, even halloween?? My childrens easter chocolate lasts them at least a month (Longer if I decide to give them a lot of treats), halloween candy lasts until spring if not summer, depending on the amount of their haul that year. At christmas my kids dont even touch the treats, because they are saving room for their turkey and octopus dinner.

Stifler's - posted on 04/16/2011

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Oh please. Easter and Xmas are one day of the year. Overeating every other day is the real problem. I love chocolate at Easter!!

April - posted on 04/16/2011

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I don't get why people blame a persons obesity on other things other than the person themselves (unless of course its a medical condition that makes them obese, which can't be helped). I find it strange.

Firebird - posted on 04/16/2011

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Oh FFS I'm not obese because I don't eat my weight in sugar every year. I rarely eat fast food. I eat reasonably healthy and I walk everywhere. My daughter isn't obese because I control what she eats. She eats healthy and gets LOTS of exercise. Yea, she gets a good payload at Easter, but I also control when she eats her loot. It's a long time before she finishes her candy, and that's with me helping. ;) Moderation, moderation, moderation! Oh and a little bit of self control. It's not like Santa and the Easter Bunny are forcing all this sugary, fat loaded crap down our throats.

Lady Heather - posted on 04/16/2011

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I don't think it's the odd holiday that's the problem. It's the daily stuff. When we were kids a lot of us had tons of chocolate for Easter. Not me because our family was pretty conservative with the treats, but I saw tons of kids with those giant bunnies and crap. Those same kids also probably spent tons of time outside running around like maniacs because that's what kids used to do. So you could have a holiday and it wouldn't kill anyone.

Around here we do an egg hunt with the little chocolate eggs and then maybe have one small treat and books. That was always the main feature of my Easter as a kid. Bunch of new books. Oh Mum. You and your healthy habits are rubbing off.

Jodi - posted on 04/16/2011

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I would think the once a year angle could be a GOOD message......a message about, it's ok to have a binge every now and then but don't make it a regular habit :P

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