North Dakota mom plans to give letter (not candy) to obese trick-or-treaters

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FARGO, N.D. -- A mother in Fargo, N.D., is not making friends with her position on child obesity at Halloween.

The mother told a radio station that if an obese child comes to her house for trick-or-treating, she will give them a letter instead of candy.

When neighbors found out about the letter, many were not happy.

The letter says:

Happy Halloween and Happy Holidays Neighbor!

You are probably wondering why your child has this note; have you ever heard the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child"?  I am disappointed in "the village" of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo.

You 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.

Thank You.

In a radio interview, the woman defended her plan.

"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 'cause all the other kids are doing it."

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85 comments

  • Sheila

    Hey douch bag…. Hope the next time you go out to stuff your face at a restaurant they tell you you’re too FAT and can’t eat there!!! You should be ashamed of yourself and should NEVER have children!!!
    You’re an IDIOT!!!!!

  • Coolmommy

    I am thoroughly disgusted! She is obviously not genuinely concerned for the overall health of these children! Any decent human being that is even slightly educated would see that this letter is simply not the avenue to “curb” obesity. Not to mention the mental health implications here. How about the bullying aspect? I bet you’d want to be the kid to get that letter in front of your friends. This women is a nut. I think she needs to find a hobby as she must have far too much time on her hands!!!!!!!

  • jjj

    I agree with her about parent responsibility and I wish my mom had been stricter with my diet when I was a kid, because I got chubby… but this… this would have crushed me if I had read it as a kid. It would have confused me a lot. This is how eating disorders start. It may be just the shocker some parents need to start doing better by their kids, but giving the letter STRAIGHT TO THE KID? No. Turning a fun thing into a big pile of shame is not the way to go about solving the crisis of obesity in children.

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