"Your child is in my opinion, mildly obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this holiday season. My hope is that you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween season," she writes in her letter.
Many people are outraged by her decision. Doctors and psychologists think this letter may do more harm than good because it will make the child feel bad. However, the woman says she wants to challenge her entire community to combat childhood obesity.
While childhood obesity remains a serious epidemic, and awareness should be raised as to what foods the children consume, clearly one day of enjoying holiday candy is not the culprit. Rather, children should be raised and educated on what foods to consume or not consume on the other three hundred and sixty four days of the year, not on one holiday.
Health and fitness is a lifestyle that needs to be pursued on a yearly basis. Not one good day or bad day of dieting or one good day or bad day of exercising is going to be a deciding factor in one's overall health. Instead, it is an ongoing journey that ultimately comes down to consistency with both diet and exercise.
In fact, chocolate, a big key ingredient in many candies that will be given out for Halloween, is known to contain healthy cancer fighting antioxidants. Although, combined with sugar, it should not be consumed regularly to promote an overall healthy lifestyle, it does have its' benefits.
And look at the bright side: at least children get to get out and get walking, which will help and aid in burning off any unwanted excess calories consumed by eating their candy. As much as candy is not the healthiest thing when it comes to the causes of childhood obesity, equally, a lack of exercise is also a contributor. So at least kids get to get out and get their heart pumping, body moving, and muscles working!