A Fargo, ND woman has started a national discussion concerning childhood obesity, bullying and bad parenting with one phone call to a radio station which may turn out to be a Morning Show hoax.
On Oct. 29, Y-94’s Morning Playhouse spoke to a caller identified as Cheryl by the station’s Facebook page. She told the morning team her neighbors encouraged her to call and share her candy distribution plans for Halloween night. Her hopes are that others will follow her lead.
Cheryl has readied herself for trick-or-treaters by preparing two piles: one containing various assortments of candy while the second pile is a stack of sealed envelopes addressed to parents.
What’s inside the envelope? Armageddon.
Cheryl told the morning team, “I want to send a message to the parents of kids who are really overweight. These kids are struggling to stay healthy. I think it’s really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just because all the other kids are doing it.”
Seriously, what parent doesn’t want a complete stranger telling them their kid is fat and they’re doing a terrible job. Isn’t that what pediatricians and in-laws are for?
When asked why it was her business how people parent their kids Cheryl said, "I feel like I’m contributing to their health problems. Their kids are everybody’s kids. It’s a whole village, and frankly, we’ve got a problem. These kids are getting obese. They’re looking at diabetes and all kinds of health problems, and the whole community is going to be paying for it, ultimately.”
Handing out stickers and toys as an alternative to candy is simply out of the question for Cheryl.
“I thought about that, but I don’t want to be the mean lady,” Cheryl replied. “I don’t want to be the lady everybody avoids. I want the kids to appreciate that I care about them. I don’t want to be against tradition.”
Tradition. Finally, someone taking a Zero Mostel tolerance towards Halloween. The real meaning of Halloween. The traditional handing out of Snickers and M&M’s as they did during the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
The Halloween celebrated in America today is a $6 billion dollar industry making it the country's second largest commercial holiday as History.com reveals. You want to talk chocolate? No holiday comes close to pushing the stuff like Halloween. Valentine’s Day running a distant second followed by Easter and Christmas.
But back to shaming parents and their kids while they're dressed like superheroes and princesses or a Rubik's Cube. Get them while they've unplugged and have engaged in a walking activity for 90 minutes. By the way, when was the last time a 10-year-old was excited by the sound of that?
Childhood obesity is on the rise, and as Think Progress reports, “Fat shaming can have even more serious effects when it’s directed at children. Another recent study on the topic found that when parents talk about weight with their children, those kids are much more likely to develop body issues that lead to disordered eating. That’s particularly concerning because eating disorders tend to start very young, typically before the age of 20. And disordered eating is beginning to display itself at increasingly younger ages, perhaps partly because of the unrealistic body images that are marketed to kids. Parents can help combat these dynamics by focusing on nutrition and healthy eating habits, not weight.”
So it sounds like we’re all on board. Fat shaming isn’t the way to go. Unless, of course, you're a celebrity (god forbid a female) and then only your handlers can help you. Wink, wink.
Allicia Baker agrees leaving this comment on Y-94’s Facebook page, “Cant she just hand out fresh fruit instead of this? maybe help the kid make a better choice rather than degrade them... and what if the kid has a medical condition, what a bully."
“I do think that childhood obesity is a major issue that we really need to be mindful of and try to overcome,” wrote Samantha Oak. “But this is the absolute wrong way to go about doing it. Especially when they are getting more candy elsewhere anyway. Halloween is supposed to be fun! Not scarring.”
Lauren Fanning summarized, “Absolutely, positively NONE of her business. If it takes a village, this woman is the VILLAGE IDIOT.”