About that Halloween Letter

A woman in Fargo, ND, denied candy to certain children yesterday. Instead, she gave them a Halloween letter for their parents. The letter read, in part:

“Your 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.”

Treatment for childhood obesity involves more than taking away sugary treats on Halloween. Perhaps the parent is rationing the candy and allowing the child to choose one or two of their favorite treats after they exercise by navigating the neighborhood while trick-or-treating. It is not appropriate to judge an overweight child or to blame the parents.

Regardless of weight, no child should be punished, banned or disqualified from celebrating on October 31. A better idea is to give trick-or-treaters healthy snacks, stickers, or small change–rather than inflict emotional scars with a rude Halloween letter.


One Response to “About that Halloween Letter”

  1. Helen Scheuerman

    As the mother of three skinny and one overweight child, I find this note horrific on several levels. First, this woman has no way of knowing why a particular child is overweight – it could due to required medication or genetics instead of overeating.

    I believe this is an example of bullying – she was singling out children who may already have low self esteem and and rubbing salt into their emotional wounds. Her motives might have been positive but I strongly feel that her actions were cruel, callous, arrogant and totally out of line.

    I also feel that it is conduct such as hers that is encouraging children to bully other children. I feel strongly that this woman, the children she hurt and embarrased, and everyone else, need have and practice a lot more kindness and consideration.


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