A North Dakota woman isn't handing out treats to everyone this Halloween. Instead, she says she'll be handing out letters to children who are overweight.
The woman says that if she sees a child who is moderately obese, she'll hand them a letter to give their parents. She wants the message to get to the parents that they're being irresponsible for sending their already overweight kids out to look for free candy.
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 [sic] 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.
The woman feels it takes an entire community to solve the obesity epidemic.
North Dakota State University Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Dr. Katie Gordon studies eating disorders and says that children and adolescents in particular are very conscious of fitting in with peers. She opines that the letter might hurt more than help.
"It's just that kind of thing that for some kids, if they're vulnerable, might trigger major problems," Dr. Gordon told Valley News Live.
Dr. Gordon also says that it's important to remember that one's appearance does not necessarily reflect whether or not a person has healthy eating and exercising habits.