Kicking the curse of holiday weight gain: Halloween’s sweet tooth cravings are hard to stave off

Kharissa Forte

I always loved Halloween.  Growing up, I anticipated the holiday that gave me permission to dress up like the star I knew I was born to be. I have since come to know Halloween as the day I start to gain weight.

It’s no secret that Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are the holidays that lead to the number one New Year’s resolution of losing weight. Usually, this resolution is a mere broken promise that millions of other hopeful Americans, including me, pledge and fail to achieve year after year. I think back to all the turkey, dressing, yams and ham with a scowl of regret and disappointment.

The Halloween candy binges are often left out of the equation.

With Halloween going down this Wednesday, I’ve been conjuring up what candy to give away.

As I sat at the kitchen table pondering whether to dish out sweets or sours, my daughter Jalyn asked me if I knew what bobbing for apples was.

I told her, “yes,” and explained how it worked.

My astonishingly wise 6-year-old little girl looked up to me and said, “Apples are healthier than candy.”

From the mouths of children.

And that’s when I had my “a-ha!” moment that Oprah always talks about.

Kimberly Amadeo, President of  and author of “Beyond the Great Recession: What Happened and How to Prosper,”  said that 71.5 percent of Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year. Spending for candy is estimated to almost reach $8 billion. Each household is expected to spend approximately $21 on Halloween treats.

That’s a lot of candy!

Most likely, households with children who go trick-or-treating will bring home more candy than they bought to give away.

It isn’t uncommon for people who don’t roam the neighborhoods in search of bite-sized delights or who don’t pass out candies at all to buy a bag or two for themselves. Many people consume more candy than they pass out.

And – if you trick-or-treat right – households will take in enough candy to last several weeks.

In fact, it’s practically enough to last until Thanksgiving.

We all know what happens after Thanksgiving: lots of leftovers and holiday partying from then to Christmas and a final hoo-rah for New Year’s Eve.

There you have it.

Halloween is the official kick off to the despicably disastrous holiday weight gain dilemma. Perhaps it really is a cursed day, after all.

This year, it’s time to kick the habit and ward off the haunted spirits of high fructose corn syrup.

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