A woman in North Dakota is just asking for her house to get egged and tepeed this Halloween. The meanie, who only called herself “Cheryl”, plans to give chubby kids who come to her house looking for candy a letter telling them they’re too fat to eat candy.
The note instructs kids to give their parents the note, which then tells the parents they’re such bad parents, it’s up to “Cheryl” to step in. Her note says, “You are probably wondering why your child has this note; has you ever heard the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’? I am disappointed in the ‘village’ of Fargo Moorehead, West Fargo.”
She goes on to say, “You [sic] child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and candy to the extent of many children on this Halloween. My hope is you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween…” This woman is judgmental and just plain rude. How dare she?
It’s nice “Cheryl” cares about childhood obesity–and it really is a big problem in the country–but this is not the way to fix the problem, especially when you’re talking about other people’s kids. But you don’t get kids to have better eating and exercise habits by humiliating them or their families. And let’s just remember Halloween is just one day of the year and people gain weight over time. Experts say that for a 5-year-old girl to be 22 pounds overweight by the time she hits age 10, she would need to eat 400 extra calories a day for those five years. That means kids eating candy in moderation, or even not in moderation, around Halloween isn’t going to suddenly get huge.
But fine. Go ahead, lady, don’t hand out treats. See how many tricks people will play on you.