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North Dakota Woman Plans to Fat Shame Trick-or-Treaters

October 31, 2013 2 min read

A woman has decided to play cruel trick on kids in her in Fargo North Dakota, neighborhood this Halloween.  Targeting children she believes are obese, she plans to place a "fat letter" in their bag while handing candy to all the other children. [caption id="attachment_30305" align="aligncenter" width="392"]Halloween Letter Courtesy of Valley New Live[/caption] Its not a trick. This woman's special treat is clearly her winning personality.  Her goal is let parents and kids know how she feels. (I am not entirely convinced this stunt isn't just to drum up some publicity for the radio station in Fargo that aired the interview).  In any case, should this woman wage a war against fat kids by going straight to them? Is this a mature way to make a statement? As a mother I completely disagree with what she is trying to do. I am not sure it isn't doing more harm than good. This kind of stuff could permanently damage a kids' emotional well-being if they are vulnerable. "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,"  the woman, identifying herself as Cheryl, said during an interview on Fargo's Y-94's morning program. I think we have established that there are a lot of overweight kids. In fact, the CDC says that 17% of children are considered obese. Of that statistic, most come from low-income homes. Does this Cheryl-person even know what this could do to a child under this kind of duress? There are better ways to make kids aware of the issue while also teaching them to stay active and to make good choices when eating. If she wants to make a statement, she could give out apples or popcorn instead of candy. The dentist on our street hands out little baggies with floss, sample tooth paste, stickers and fluoride tabs. I find what Cheryl is doing incredibly hurtful.            

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