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N. Dakota Mom Will Give Out Shaming Letters To Fat Kids Instead Of Candy For Halloween

Via HuffingtonPost

Children in a North Dakota neighborhood may be slated to get an awful surprise this Halloween: A local woman is reportedly planning to hand out “fat letters,” instead of candy, to kids she thinks are “moderately obese.”

Valley News Live reported a local Fargo woman called into Y-94 radio recently and revealed her plan to take on childhood obesity by handing out letters targeting trick-or-treaters whom she considers obese.

“I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight,” she told the station. “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.”

Valley News Live obtained a copy of the letter, in which the woman, who is only identified as Cheryl, writes, in part:

Your [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.

Says one disgusted mother:

“I can understand if you are that weird and concerned about kid’s weight maybe handing out boxes of raisins or bags of carrot sticks or something,” wrote Eve Vawter of Mommyish. “I can see MAYBE hanging a sign on your door that reads ‘I will not be handing out candy this year.’ But to fat-shame little kids who come to your door trick or treating? That’s a whole other level of evil. Way to make all the kids feel like garbage, lady.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years. In 2010, more than one-third of children and adolescents in the U.S. were considered overweight or obese. The CDC acknowledges many societal sectors can influence a child’s lifestyle habits and recommends combating this issue by promoting healthy eating and physical activity, while fostering a supportive environment.

We all know the children of America are packing on the pounds at an alarming rate, but do you think the N. Dakota mom is preaching her message the wrong way?

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