Tomorrow is Halloween. A day for treats. A day for costumes. A day for parties and a day when many parents will set their children loose on a neighborhood near you to collect on the many goodies that awaits them.
But if you live in Fargo, North Dakota, and if your child appears to be overweight, you may want to have them skip one particular house in order to spare their feelings.
A North Dakota woman said she’s not planning on handing out candy to children she believes are “moderately obese.” Instead she’s giving them letters.
The woman’s plan to take childhood obesity in her own hands is sparking much controversy after she called into a Fargo, N.D. radio station early Tuesday morning.
“I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight,” a woman only known as Cheryl said. “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.””I’m contributing to their health problems, and really, their kids are everybody’s kids.”
The letter, in part says, “Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season.”
I’m glad that she has a strong opinion on a serious issue that really is affecting the youth of this country but isn’t there a better way to tackle this issue? Whatever happened to giving out healthy snacks? I remember back in my day, there was this old lady in the community who always gave out rice cakes every single year. And every single year we skipped her house.
This North Dakota woman should expect much of the same come tomorrow once the word hits the streets that she’s handing out letters instead of chocolates.
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