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ND Woman Intends to Trick Overweight Kids
Updated: Thursday, October 31 2013, 09:45 AM EDT
One North Dakota woman isn't handing out treats to everyone this Halloween. She says she'll be handing out letters to children who are overweight.
She has decided to take childhood obesity into her own hands with a letter she plans to hand out to children she believes are "moderately obese," Cheryl said. She only gave her first name.
"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 because all the other kids are doing it."
She emailed the letter after calling in to a local radio station.
"They were chatting today and got a call from Cheryl out of the blue who really wanted to voice her opinion about obesity and that it really takes an entire community to solve the obesity challenge," J.T.,
Y-94 Program/Music Director, said.
"I'm contributing to their health problems and really, their kids are everybody's kids. It's a whole village."
North Dakota State Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Katie Gordon studies eating disorders and says that children and adolescents in particular are very conscious of fitting in with peers. She says 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," she said.
Gordon says it's important to remember that one's appearance does not necessarily reflect whether or not a person has healthy eating and exercising habits.