A woman from North Dakota has decided to fight childhood obesity by refusing to pass out candy to obese kids this Halloween. Instead of candy, the obese children will receive a letter she wrote for their parents.
Here is what the letter 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. 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.”
This letter has a lot of people talking online. Some people agree with the lady and some people find the letter to be extremely offensive. A North Dakota State University professor told Valley News Live the following…
“It’s just that kind of thing that for some kids, if they’re vulnerable, might trigger some 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.”
Meanwhile, a cardiologist from Pennsylvania thinks that the lady is doing a public service, “Giving candy to an obese child is like giving a cigarette to a person with emphysema.”
Like we said, this story has a lot of people talking, and I know you all are just dying to know where I stand on this issue. Well, I stand somewhere in the middle. I agree that parents need to step up and start taking responsibility for their kid’s eating habits.
However, it’s not this woman’s place to tell them that, plus Halloween is the one time of the year where kids should eat all the candy they want. Eating candy on Halloween is not why more kids are overweight these days. It’s all the fast food and the lack of exercise. Heck, walking around on Halloween is probably the most exercise some of these kids will get all year.
Personally, I think the lady should mind her own business and try to figure out more helpful ways to help children. Maybe she should start some local exercise group for kids or something, or maybe start a healthy eating class for parents.
Just leave Halloween out of it! GIVE ME MY REESE’S, DAMMIT!