Woman Plans ‘Halloween Fat Letter’

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FARGO, N.D. — A woman stated her intentions to take childhood obesity into her own hands during a Y-94 radio interview the morning of Oct. 29.

She has decided to give a letter instead of candy to Halloween trick or treaters that she feels are “moderately obese.”

“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,” says the author in a Y-94 morning radio interview.

That’s where the letter first surfaced and started to spread through social media.

“They were chatting today and got a call from Cheryl out of the blue who really wanted to voice her opinion about obesity and that it really takes an entire community to solve the obesity challenge,” says Y-94 Program and Music Director JT.

“I’m contributing to their health problems and really, their kids are everybody’s kids. It’s a whole village,” says the letter’s author in the interview.

NDSU 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 says 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,”she says.

Dr. Gordon leaves the matter of an individual child’s weight to his or her parents and pediatrician. She says that one should be careful not to judge by another’s appearance and doesn’t believe the letter will have the desired effect.

“That’s not something that someone can judge, the health of someone, just by looking at them. I think that’s the main thing. Even if a child is overweight, they might be very healthy because of what they eat and how they exercise,” says Dr. Gordon. “It’s ineffective anyway because it’s not likely to help the kid,” she says.

By KVLY/KXJB

15 comments

  • Terri

    Getting a letter like that as a child would have devastated me! Why don’t you just take care of your own children lady! Nobody wants or needs your help!!!

  • Tony snuffer

    Your just asking for a lawsuit lol. Picking fat kids out of everyone is Wrong I hope she does get a big Fat lawsuit. You know lawyers are on stand by for this one.

  • Tara Canzone

    If she handed my kid a letter I would shove it down her throat. I understand obesity is high but come on… Really??? Give out a healthier treat to all the kids if she is so concerned!

  • Dawn

    Wow she has got to be kidding me I will pray for this lady, just because someone is fat it’s because they eat too much?? wow well guess why no it’s not because there are so many other reasons also I had thyroid problems for years and they keep ajusting my meds to where it took and enlarged so much it was choking me and they had to remove it.I gained alot of weight because of it and it don’t come off easy either.so there are many reasons for weight problems not just eating wrong, so judge yourself not others!!!

  • Joyce

    I’d take the letter and throw it in her face!! Worry about your own life and what you choose to feed your self. Stop worrying about how others eat/live their life. This lady is probably a fat cat that can afford to buy fresh veggies and fruits everyday, well some of us have to eat junk food just to get by! Witch!

  • Cory Hamlin

    I can’t wait to see how this one plays out!! This is going to backfire so fast she won’t know what to do with herself. I can only imagine how many parents will be lighting her up for this. Let’s ruin Halloween for the kids! Let’s just hope the kids either can’t read or just don’t read the “letter.” Not exactly something that will help their self esteem and it certainly won’t help them lose weight. Nosey busy bodies who have nothing better to do than judge little kids.

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