Woman to give ‘obese’ children letters, no candy

A Fargo, N.D., woman says she will give trick-or-treaters that she deems “moderately obese” a letter instead of candy this Halloween.

“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,” the woman said in a morning radio interview with Y94. She wouldn’t identify herself.

The letter states: “You child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season.”

via Woman to give ‘obese’ children letters, no candy.

Realize this is an intentionally inflammatory news item to begin with, and is not a representative of any kind of organized plan to get more people to act like this sad person.

OK, we get the point.   Maybe stoking up on candy isn’t helpful for large kids.  But that’s beside the point.

What’s REALLY not helpful is to treat one particular kid with note saying, You’re too Fat for Candy, while giving candy to all the other kids who presumably don’t actually have a caloric need they’re out fulfilling either.

What can you do tonight, if you observe Halloween, to do it in a manner consistent with your food values?

(1) Do consider giving out things that are less caloric (though realize many parents won’t be able to let their children eat food that is homemade, either because of concern over allergens or concern for safety, both of which are totally reasonable)

(2) Manage  your own household well in this, and let other families take care of disciplining their own children’s intake.    I

 

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