Halloween is tomorrow and kids all over are excited about dressing up and going trick or treating to get candy and treats.
It is something they look forward to and they get to dress as their favorite characters and get some goodies as well.
Some of these kids may not get exactly what they hope for and may get their feelings hurt by one lady in Fargo, North Dakota because she plans on handing out letters to the children she feels are, “moderatley obese” instead of candy.
The letter informs the kids and their parents that she feels that the child is overweight and that she hopes that the parents do something about it.
The letter states this;
“You child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season.”
“My hope is that you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits.”
She also said that it takes a village to raise a child and she is not happy with the “village” of Fargo Moorhead, West Fargo.
The woman, known only as Cheryl since she will not identify herself said this in an interview with radio station Y94;
“I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight, I think it’s just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just because all the other kids are doing it.”
Cheryl took it upon herself to email and call the station and said she wants everyone to know that the community together can solve the obesity problem with children.
Cheryl said if she gave them candy then;
“I’m contributing to their health problems, and really, their kids are everybody’s kids,”
Some feel that it is abusive to give a letter to some kids and candy to others and that it can harm them instead of helping, making their self esteem lower that it already could be.
Dr. Katie Gordon, North Dakota State University assistant professor of clinical psychology said this regarding the letter;
“It’s just that kind of thing that for some kids, if they’re vulnerable, might trigger major problems. Even if a child is overweight, they might be very healthy because of what they eat and how they exercise. It’s ineffective anyway because it’s not likely to help the kid,”
What do you think about Cheryl’s letter?
Would you be upset if your child received one?
Do you think she is hurting kids versus helping them as she thinks?
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