We thought that the Grinch only appeared during the Christmas holidays. But now a real life Grinch is making her presence known on Halloween with her plans to hand out "fat letters" rather than candy, reported CBS News on October 30.
The Fargo, North Dakota woman, identified only as Cheryl, says that she wants to help battle childhood obesity by singling out chubby children who come to her home hoping for Halloween treats. Instead, they'll get the following trick, which consists of a letter intended for their parents:
"You (sic) child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season," the letter reads. "My hope is that you will step up as an adult and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits."
Cheryl blames the parents.
"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," she accused.
Although she's not a health expert, she does have some experts in her court. Schools in California and Massachusetts schools have sent letters home with selected students that include details on the child's body mass index (BMI), a height-to-weight ratio that is used by medical professionals to designate if a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese.
However, some schools halted the practice because of concerns that other kids might target the "fat letter" recipients, resulting in fat-shaming and bullying. And a North Dakota expert agrees with that decision.
North Dakota State University assistant professor of clinical psychology Dr. Katie Gordon says that the "Grinch" letters could result in emotional problems rather than healthy benefits.
"That's not something that someone can judge -- the health of someone -- just by looking at them," Gordon said. "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. It's ineffective anyway because it's not likely to help the kid."
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