Woman Will Reportedly Hand Out Scolding Letters Instead of Candy to Trick-or-Treaters She Deems Obese

Is this the TRICK in trick-or-treat?

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A story out of Fargo, North Dakota, is going viral as Valley News Live reports a “local woman” plans to dish out stern letters instead of candy to Halloween trick-or-treaters who are “moderately obese,” in her opinion.

This person, who called in to Y-94’s radio show on the morning of Oct. 29 and wouldn’t give her full name, said that it is “irresponsible” for parents to let their overweight kids collect free candy, which will only contribute to “their health problems.” The station broadcasted audio of this woman saying, “Their kids are everybody’s kids. It’s a whole village.”

“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,” according to a copy of this controversial letter aired by Valley News Live, which reported the woman emailed it to Y-94 after yesterday’s radio show. Of course, since the woman didn’t give her name, there’s no way to confirm this isn’t a Halloween hoax, embodying the “trick” part of “trick-or-treat.”

That said, criticizing young children’s weight in general can have detrimental effects on kids’ health, Dr. Kathryn H. Gordon, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at North Dakota State University who studies eating disorders, told Valley News Live. “That’s not something that someone can judge- the health of someone- just by looking at them,” she said. Not to mention nutrition experts say if children are generally eating wholesome meals throughout the year, then there’s nothing wrong with treating themselves on an occasion like Halloween. They probably don’t need a meddlesome neighbor to tell them that.

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12 comments
labman57
labman57

Why do I get the feeling that this woman's house is going to reek of raw, rotting eggs tomorrow?

CathleenBee
CathleenBee

If this woman was that concerned about kids health she'd be handing out apples, raisins, or little bags of carrot sticks to ALL of the kids, rather than just those that "in her opinion" are overweight.    Candy is not really healthy for anyone, overweight or not.  I wonder if she is also conducting dental exams to make sure the kids don't have any cavities?   

wmcalhoun
wmcalhoun

So she'll be the judge of sizing these poor kids up as they come to her door? Genetics play a large part in weight. Shame, shame on her to deem herself the judge of what healthy "looks" like.

ShareeGodinez
ShareeGodinez

Fat kids+shame=crying and eating junk food in your closet. WTF, lady?!  These are kids we're talking about. Have some tact. Give them pencils or spider rings or pretzels or dried fruit. 

billthegrunt
billthegrunt

We're doing this woman one better, as we've done for years, by not participating in the Halloween sugar ritual at all. Candy isn't healthy for any child, and if she really cared more about kids than merely garnering publicity she'd keep her front door closed.

MissAnthrope500
MissAnthrope500

This sounds like the sort of cruelty (well-intended or not, it's still cruelty) which would have prompted one of my eating binges when I was a teenager.

During adolescence and early adulthood, I had a compulsive eating problem which alternated with anorexia nervosa.  I tried to get professional help once when I was in an anorexic phase, but my mother and doctor agreed the answer was "eat more."

The first thing we need to do as a society is recognize that  addictive and compulsive behavior are complicated, and admit we don't have answers.  True, that will result in a lot of children, teenagers and adults continuing with self-destructive patterns, but shaming them may escalate the problems even more.

daneh77
daneh77

Reminds me of those proselyting fundamentalist Christians out to convert everyone - hello, read this, sign here.  If ever there was a bad-sport witch needing some good old-fashioned Halloween tricks to learn a lesson...

jbug253
jbug253

This woman must be loads of fun at parties. 

lamorpa
lamorpa

@wmcalhoun  

So some magic 'genetics' make a person not as fat as they actually are? (with the associated health problems and shortened lifespan)

lamorpa
lamorpa

@DevinEllenwood  

Well, I can certainly agree that it is important to be mean and vindictive if you disapprove of someone being mean and vindictive.  That makes perfect sense.

MissAnthrope500
MissAnthrope500

@daneh77 I don't wish her any harm, but it goes without saying this woman is risking finding toilet paper all over her front yard the following morning.