Posted: Oct 30, 2013 6:40 PM by Adrianna George
Updated: Oct 30, 2013 7:05 PM
NORTH DAKOTA - Some trick or treaters in North Dakota may not be happy when they receive a letter this Halloween instead of some candy.
A woman identified only as Cheryl called into a morning program wanting to make a stand against obesity. Her first plan of action? Instead of handing out candy to children she considers "moderately obese", Cheryl says she will hand out a letter.
The letter reads, "Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season. My hope is that you will step up as an adult and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits."
Assistant professor of psychology at North Dakota State University, Dr. Katie Gordon, does not agree that this is the right way to approach the child obesity issue. She says this can cause emotional problems for the kids, and is a matter that should be left up to the child's doctor and parents.
"That's not something that someone can judge- the health of someone- just by looking at them," Dr. Gordon says. "Even if a child is overweight, they might be very healthy because of what they eat and how they exercise."
Cheryl says she just wants to send a message to parents about their children having weight issues. "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", she said in the interview.
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