Some kids in Fargo, North Dakota, are going to be disappointed while trick-or-treating after they visit one particular house. As USA Today reported on Oct. 30, 2013, one woman says she will be handing out letters to kids instead of candy because she believes them to be "moderately obese."
While she believes that she may be doing a service to children and their parents; some believe that it could actually cause a lot more bad than good. The woman, who would not identify herself, says that she just wants "to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight."
The letter states:
"You are probably wondering why your child has this note; have you heard the saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child'? I am disappointed in 'the village' of Fargo Moorhead, West Fargo.
You(sic) child is, in my opinion, 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 allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits."
It is obvious that her heart appears to be in the right place, but she's just asking for a revolt.
Should parents find out exactly who is handing out the letters, there could be trouble. For not only is she attacking young children and calling them "obese," but she is also attacking the parenting skills of the adults.
Katie Gordon, North Dakota State University assistant professor of clinical psychology, says that the letter could be emotionally damaging.
"It's just that kind of thing that for some kids, if they're vulnerable, might trigger major problems," Gordon said. "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."