Woman offers letters, not Halloween candy to kids she deems 'obese'; calls parents 'irresponsible'
Chris Horne, newsnet5.com
5:48 AM, Oct 30, 2013
NORTH DAKOTA - Kids ringing this woman's door on Halloween are more likely to feel tricked than treated.
That's because the North Dakota woman plans to give out letters to children she considers "moderately obese" instead of candy.
She says, "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."
But she's not being universally applauded for her fight against childhood obesity.
Clinical psychologist Katie Gordon, an assistant professor at North Dakota State University, says children are very conscious of fitting in with their peers and that this letter might do more harm than good.
"It's just that kind of thing that, for some kids, if they're vulnerable, might trigger major problems," Gordon says.
Not only that, but a person's appearance, she adds, does not necessarily reflect their health, or their eating and exercising habits.