It appears that one woman has her own plan to help fight childhood obesity this Halloween.
A North Dakota woman says she’ll be giving out letters to trick-or-treaters who are overweight, according to My Fox Philly. The woman says she’ll give the letter to the children for their parents.
“I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight,” the woman reportedly said during an interview on radio station Y-94, according to Valley News Live. “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.”
Part of the letter she plans to hand out reads:
You child [sic] 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.
North Dakota State University Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Dr. Katie Gordon studies eating disorders and says that children and adolescents in particular are very conscious of fitting in with peers. She notes that 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,” Gordon said.