One neighborhood in Fargo, North Dakota isn't feeling very neighborly after one woman contacted a local radio station to share her thoughts about trick or treating. No trick, this homeowner plans on giving out letters to little ghosts and goblins calling them something much scarier, "moderately obese."
The woman, identified only as Cheryl tells radio station Y94, "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 because all the other kids are doing it." She states that "it take a whole village" and that she is contributing to their obesity if she hands them candy.
Dr. Katie Gordon, North Dakota State University assistant professor of clinical psychology, studies eating disorders and tells WFSB, that children and adolescents in particular are very conscious of fitting in with peers. She said the letter might hurt more than help. "It's just that kind of thing that for some kids, if they're vulnerable, might trigger major problems," she said.
There are any number of alternatives available, instead of candy for trick or treat. Be the house that hands out healthy snacks or toys. Oriental Trading offers up many different toys, crafts and activities you can buy in bulk and children are just as happy to receive a toy as they are to receive candy, and in some cases more so.
Remember, that good intentions aside, not to judge a person's health or looks on their eating habits. There are a number of factors and even so called "skinny" children can be unhealthy. With so much attention paid on children being bullies, maybe some should also be paid to where they may be learning this habits. Isolating children from trick or treating, calling them out as "fat" or "obese" and hiding behind a letter, as some hide behind social media all sounds like bullying to this writer. Does it to you?