U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome trick or treaters to the White House a day before Halloween.
WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 30, 2015)(RESTRICTED POOL) – U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle welcomed trick-or-treaters at the White House a day before Halloween, handing out candy to children from local schools and the children of military families.
The White House grounds were decorated in an ‘Enchanted Forrest’ theme and costumed acrobats performing on stilts.
The President and First Lady doled out candy to expectant kids dressed as superheros, fairy princesses, characters from the Star Wars films, and even a tiny Pope Francis.
A White House press released divulged the contents of the president’s candy basket, which included Hersheys Kisses, fruit bars, and a box of White House M&Ms.
Handing out sugary candies would seem to be an an odd fit for the First Lady, who heads the “Let’s Move” initiative aimed at boosting nutrition and combating obesity among children.
But as more consumers demand healthier candies, manufacturers could see Halloween become a battle ground in the so-called “War on Sugar”.
The World Health Organization has linked sugar intake with chronic diseases including diabetes and heart disease, a finding disputed by the Sugar Association, a U.S. trade group.
Americans will spend $2.1 billion on candy this year, according to the National Retail Federation.
The Obama administration has pushed for food companies to include added sugar content on their labels, which has drawn sharp rebukes from the sugar lobby.