Woman to hand out 'obesity letter' to overweight trick-or-treaters

Published On: Oct 30 2013 02:54:00 AM HST   Updated On: Oct 30 2013 04:22:18 AM HST
Halloween Letter

A North Dakota woman said instead of handing out candy to kids for Halloween, she is going to give overweight children a letter.

The woman from Fargo said she wants to send a message to parents.

"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 'cause all the other kids are doing it," said the woman only identified as Cheryl.

The letter reads:

"Happy Halloween and Happy Holidays Neighbor! You are probably wondering why your child has this note; have you ever heard the saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child?' I am disappointed in 'the village' of Fargo Moorhead, West Fargo. You(r) 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. Thank you."

Neighbors think the letter is all around inappropriate.

"Here, you get candy. You get a letter. Like that kid hasn't suffered enough?" said one neighbor.

"This is more of an issue that parents should be working with kids on. It seems inappropriate to me," said another neighbor.

Eating disorder specialists say the letter could do more harm than good.

"It's just that kind of thing that for some kids, if they're vulnerable, might trigger major problems," said NDSU Clinical Psychology Asst. Professor Dr. Katie Gordon.

Gordon reminds people that one's appearance does not necessarily reflect whether or not a person has healthy eating and exercising habits.


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