Easter Bunny a bad influence on children’s health

WOULD the Easter Bunny really eat chocolate? Or would he munch on the standard rabbit fare of veggies? 

That’s the kind of question one preventive health expert wants parents asking their kids, as he calls for an image overhaul for the Easter icon.

Writing in the latest MJA, Dr Nathan J. Grills from Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, said the Easter Bunny (EB), once a harmless symbol of the Northern Hemisphere spring, had been transformed into a promotional tool used to market unhealthy products to millions of children.

Easter and the EB have normalised over-indulgence in chocolate, he argued, noting that if a child consumed fourteen 10 g eggs and one 125 g egg they would have to embark on a 5.5-hour egg hunt to work it off. 

Beyond the dietary concerns, Dr Grills points to other Easter health hazards – choking on small eggs or child injuries from egg hunts that lead to