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article imageScrooge to hand out 'fat' letter to obese kids on Halloween

By Karen Graham     Oct 30, 2013 in Health
Fargo - Halloween has for years been the realm of children, trick-or-treating for candy with their friends. But if a Fargo, N.D. woman has her way, any children she thinks may be overweight are going to get "scrooged" on Halloween.
Trick-or-treating is an integral part of Halloween, especially the treat part. In neighborhoods all across America, Halloween night, little ghosts, princesses and witches will take to the streets in search of goodies for their treat bags. But this year, some children in Fargo, N.D. won't be getting any treats, not even a lump of coal.
A woman identifying herself as "Cheryl" called into the Y94 radio station in Fargo this week to tell listeners she doesn't plan on giving any Halloween candy to overweight trick-or-treaters coming to her door.
Instead, children who look overweight will be getting sealed letters to give to their parents. Cheryl says she just wants to send a message to parents with obese children. She went on to say, "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."
The letter, in part reads, " Your child, in my opinion, is 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 let your child continue to these unhealthy eating habits."
Y-94's Program and Music Director, JT says the woman just called in to voice her opinion about obesity and how it's affecting our children. She pointed out that, “I’m contributing to their health problems and really, their kids are everybody’s kids. It’s a whole village,”
While many health professionals agree that obesity in children has become a very real issue in this country, singling out kids that appear to be overweight and sending them home with letters to their parents can do a lot of harm psychologically to the child.
This issue also brings up the issue of responsibility. Parents, and not some stranger, are ultimately responsible for seeing to the health of their children, and many health professionals will agree. Not only that, but determining that someone is unhealthy just by looking at them is wrong.
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