Kids getting ‘you’re fat’ letters this Halloween

Unhappy Halloween! (image from valleynewslive.com)

Unhappy Halloween! (image from valleynewslive.com)

The Grinch may have stolen Christmas, but he put everything back before the heavy sleepers of Whoville bothered to crawl out of bed.

Residents of Fargo, North Dakota, who are used to cruel winters more than cruel neighbors, aren’t that lucky.

A woman there tells a local radio station she plans to trick obese children by giving them warning letters instead of treats Thursday night.

There’s no word on whether she plans to give slim kids double candy.

The letter written by a woman identified only as Cheryl is making the rounds on social media. It features a smiling jack-o-lantern and a note to parents that says “you [sic] child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sweets and treats to the extent of other children this Halloween season.”

This is one of the rare times I am hoping children can’t read.

Cheryl, in a radio interview, said, “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 ’cause all the other kids are doing it.”

Perhaps it is irresponsible, but one night of being mean to kids isn’t going to cure childhood obesity.

North Dakota State Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Dr. Katie Gordon studies eating disorders and 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 says.

Instead of handing out nasty notes, Cheryl could hand out raisins or something else more nutritious than candy. Or she could just turn off her porch light.

In a more perfect world, her neighbors would be handing out eggs.

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dave

October 30th, 2013
8:28 am

I don’t give out candy anyway. I give assorted bags of nuts – peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pistachios. I let the kids pick – pistachios seem to be the favorite.

xxx

October 30th, 2013
8:29 am

Take the note, wrap it around a brink and return it through her front window, every day, for the next year.

Rez

October 30th, 2013
8:34 am

“Your house is, in my opinion, moderately on fire and should not be consuming oxygen to the extent of some (not-on-fire) houses this Halloween season.”

ProudACLU

October 30th, 2013
8:47 am

Have you every asked an Evangelical what their heaven looks like? I have and it’s everybody is wearing the same color robes and they all act and think alike. Some people are so unhappy that people act and look different that they are almost forced to make them fit the mold. And yes, Obesity is killing people and is causing fat people to use more medical services but that is just their talking points that they use to distract you from the first point.

MANGLER

October 30th, 2013
8:52 am

OK, so the letter is out. Any parent that takes their kid to that house tomorrow is simply looking for turbulence.
I do suspect that more adults than children will knock on Cheryl’s door though.

Edward

October 30th, 2013
8:54 am

The only people who have a problem with this are the fatties. How dare anybody question their fatness. And no, you don’t have a “glandular problem”.

Shelby

October 30th, 2013
8:55 am

Linda g

October 30th, 2013
9:11 am

This woman is Horrible!!!!! Kids have feelings and this will do nothing but Harm them…. Lady you need to get a grip,are u Miss Perfect yourself?????You should be soo ashamed!!!!!!

Maria Sansalone

October 30th, 2013
9:15 am

Honestly, candy isn’t an option for any child. NOT TO MENTION there are so many more reasons behind being obese than she is even considering. Have you heard of childhood cancer? Well, there are many forms beyond Charlie Brown’s leukemia friend. And hundreds of types of childhood brain tumors, too. And they all require some dose of chemotherapeutic treatment that may not cause hair loss, but it most definitely would have side effects including weight gain. Skip the commentary and just give out nickles, lady. Really.

aaa

October 30th, 2013
9:19 am

“You [sic] child is”… let’s talk about literacy and grammar next.

james s

October 30th, 2013
9:21 am

cheers to this lady, the parents have to get a grip linda g. No xxx, you don’t cause damage to someone else’s property because you don’t like what they say. This is still a free country to express how you feel freely. The fact that you would react with damaging someone’s property for their position on a topic shows how important it would be for you to look inside yourself a little more closely.

Candy Corn

October 30th, 2013
9:29 am

That’s easy to overcome. If you are a chunky kid that happens to like to eat a lot of sugar, just go dressed as a “skinny kid” and she’ll never know…

In all seriousness, she sounds like a real €@#¥!

Diane

October 30th, 2013
9:34 am

I agree,parents need to modify alot of issues with kids today,not just diet.Respect ,discipline and values are poor with a majority,unfortunately.Power needs to be given back to teachers and parents.Responsibility results!!Alot of kids having kids today are not parent quality.Me,has gone to me,me,to me,me,me–”entitlement mentality”.

Kalysto

October 30th, 2013
9:34 am

I do think this woman means well but unfortunately it is a very insensitive and impolite way to go about it – the direct opposite of her intentions, I’m sure. Getting a “fatty letter” while other kids are given treats does nothing more than to punish and humiliate the child, and anger parents. Making a child feel bad about themselves is not a good tactic.

I never give out candy but opt for little plastic Halloween party favors like plastic spider rings and skeletons. The kids get something they can enjoy a bit longer than a piece of candy and there are no worries about contributing to any sort of health issues, whether it be allergies, cavities, or childhood obesity.

Eddie Haskell

October 30th, 2013
9:36 am

In my opinion, this woman doesn’t have a clue what she is setting herself up for. Come Friday morning, her house is going to look just a tad ‘different’.

Pinky

October 30th, 2013
9:40 am

You have to be careful giving out nuts as well- many children have food allergies that can be deadly!

Prez Obozo

October 30th, 2013
9:41 am

Sounds like something Nancy Piglosi or Diane Slimestien would do……

Spence

October 30th, 2013
9:42 am

Everyone who is responding with a childish insult must have a fat kid. In fact, you are probably fat, yourselves. Most fat kids get their poor eating habits from their fat parents. Those of us who are about to pay for your obesity (in the form of higher insurance….yes, under the ACA, healthy people will be supporting fatties) have every right to say something about your being fat, and how your making more fat, unhealthy people is a drain on society.

Yes, there are other factors in rare cases. But you are grasping. The vast majority of obesity cases stem from poor eating habits. Period. And if you have a right to voice your opinion, so does this woman.

So, everyone that says this woman should shut up, I say the same to you.

I think I’ll hand out the same letter, as well. And I HOPE some fat-a$$ adults come looking for trouble.

Maude

October 30th, 2013
9:43 am

This woman shuould not give out aything or give everyone sometin other than candy. Just who does she think she is. I hope parents of children who get these letters can sue and expose this crazy lady.

Jim

October 30th, 2013
9:46 am

Hmm, Something tells me this will eventually be revealed as a prank put on by the radio station and you’ve all got your ire up for no good reason… As you were.

Annette

October 30th, 2013
9:48 am

When did GOD give her the right to judge people. It’s not her place to single out a child in front of other children that is mean. God says love all the people so if she does not agree with giving them Candy then do what I do and that is give them Stickers. I hand things like that out every year instead of candy because YES I agree that candy isn’t the best think so give other things that is good.

Thor

October 30th, 2013
10:02 am

She may have had good intentions but what other people’s children consume on Halloween is none of her business. Just turn off the lights and sit in the dark for a couple of hours until the little buggers go away. Then mind your own P’s and Q’s.

bee

October 30th, 2013
10:02 am

The woman that wrote this letter should take some lessons in letter writing. “You child is”, if you are going to hand out a letter to the public you should first check your grammar. Ignorance….keep your opinions to yourself…..”if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all”…keep your door closed. By the way weight gain can come from steroids needed to help a child breath.

kimberly

October 30th, 2013
10:03 am

omg are you kidding me.. great example of adult bullying. how about the writer of the letter step up and quit giving candy…give small toys or something healthy to eat instead of being a bully!!!

(the other) Rodney

October 30th, 2013
10:03 am

Disclaimer: i’m a healthy adult, within 5-10 lbs of my recommended body weight (hey, after 40 it’s harder)

I also spent many Halloween nights planning how I was going to gorge myself the next few days on my haul. However, my plan was derailed by my parents who hid the candy and doled it out a piece or two per day.

Hated it at the time – but now, I get it. Plus, their method made it last much longer :)

All that is to say that I don’t think the problem is as much the child’s fault as it is the parent’s fault.

I will never give out stickers or toys or floss or nuts or anything other than good old fashioned candy (although, I respect those of you who have the nerve to do so – I just don’t want to take the chance that my house is the house that gets rolled). I say let parents parent their own children – not my job to do so.

Trisha Doherty

October 30th, 2013
10:09 am

You can tell Cheryl is a liberal, nobody but a stupid leftist would quote the title of Hillary Clinton’s (she of the original thunder thighs, herself) crappy book.

Typical leftist behavior..obnoxious and unsolicited,

Trisha Doherty

October 30th, 2013
10:14 am

@spence

Yes, we will be paying for fatties, unfortunately, but we will also be paying for the consequences of deviant sexual behavior, such as HIV medications..and you know the left would howl if some church handed out anti gay flyers to kids during a church parking lot trunk-r-treat.

rob a whiteman

October 30th, 2013
10:25 am

anyone calling this woman mean or rude is simply in fat denial. she’s not being mean spirited at all, she’s simply making a clear and direct point. defensive/guilty people perceive clarity as hostility though, so all the fat people who are over reacting to this story is not surprising. anyway, fat people: you are eating yourselves into an early grave, eating candy expedites that process. letting your kids destroy their bodies simply because you do not want to confront the fact that they are unhealthy and might get their feelings hurt, is poor parenting plain and simple.

Don't Tread

October 30th, 2013
10:28 am

Cheryl…You are, in my opinion, a complete b!&C# and should not be coming into contact with children (or anyone else) this Halloween season (or any other season). My hope is that you will “step down” as the person you are and burn in hell. Thank You

Trisha Doherty

October 30th, 2013
10:32 am

I think leftist cheryl must be a racist, because….

1. African American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese compared to other groups in the U.S. About four out of five African American women are overweight or obese.

2. In 2011, African Americans were 1.5 times as likely to be obese as Non- Hispanic Whites.

3. In 2011, African American women were 80% more likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic White women.

4. In 2007-2010, African American girls were 80% more likely to be overweight than Non-Hispanic White girls.

rob a whiteman

October 30th, 2013
10:45 am

another note to all the people claiming this ladies house is going to get egged, tee-pee’d, set on on fire, or otherwise vandalized in some way. you do know that she’s only giving these letters to the fat kids right? the fat kids wont be egging anyones house, nor will they be tee-peeing anyone. fat kids are lazy and also become tired very easily. they know they will need to focus their efforts and use what little energy they do have on gathering more candy to stuff down their gullets…

Bernie31

October 30th, 2013
10:52 am

How can one expect a change in outcome with these students, when Their own parents are MORBID OBESE themselves?

I am going to go and have a Ham sandwich on RYE with cheese….while we ponder this one. :)

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bowfan

October 30th, 2013
10:57 am

Wow George! “In a more perfect world, her neighbors would be handing out eggs.”

Now you’re a big proponent of vigilante justice? Hope you’ll never have to face that, or someone encouraging same against you.

After your “stir the pot” opinion piece on Blackface Travon… I’m done reading your stuff.

phoenix

October 30th, 2013
10:57 am

This is all out now,i don’t think to many kid’s will be going to her house.And the one’s that i hope will,will be doing the trickin,just think of all the time that A-S H–E will be spending, cleaning up all that mess!

Bernie31

October 30th, 2013
11:00 am

Trisha Doherty @ 10:32 am – Say Hello and Welcome back to our friendly neighborhood Female Klansman. Trisha always has very interesting insight as a Professor of Sociology on all thing Black in America……… ” Eyeroll”

How and where she obtained her degree and PHD training is not to be questioned. For her astute training can found in the many White Supremacist Colleges of knowledge, that can be found any of the (50) Fifty States in America.

These campuses are often located in areas near Trailer Parks and places of low income and education.

Hoods and Sheets are provided for FREE! :)

If The Hood Fits….Wear it – Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL)

Bernie31

October 30th, 2013
11:01 am

correction:

Trisha Doherty @ 10:32 am – Say Hello and Welcome back to our friendly neighborhood Female Klansman. Trisha always has very interesting insight as a Professor of Sociology on all things Black in America……… ” Eyeroll”

How and where she obtained her degree and PHD training is not to be questioned. For her astute training can found in the many White Supremacist Colleges of knowledge, that can be found any of the (50) Fifty States in America.

There campuses are often located in areas near Trailer Parks and places of low income and education.

Hoods and Sheets are provided for FREE! :)

If The Hood Fits….Wear it – Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL)

A Skinny Guy

October 30th, 2013
11:02 am

It’s YOUR child, not YOU child. YOU ma’am need a spell checker.

Madison

October 30th, 2013
11:07 am

I think that’s actually a good idea. America is fat and we need to step up

MoFaux

October 30th, 2013
11:10 am

Just curious…although a bit off-topic…

Do you give candy/treats to trick-or-treaters that come to your door with no costume? I am considering not giving them candy. I just find that annoying to have kids ring your bell in casual clothing expecting free candy “just because”. I expect a costume.

Pablo

October 30th, 2013
11:12 am

That little note touched a couple of raw nerves…

Thor

October 30th, 2013
11:13 am

Don’t Tread @ 10:28 – Burn in hell? A little strong, don’t you think? One of the things wrong with our country today is that if someone disagrees with us instead of agreeing to disagree we want them dead and burning in hell! Look at our politicians: that is what they do and they are an extension of us. Disagree with the woman all you want but burn in hell? C’mon now.

Ray jay

October 30th, 2013
11:17 am

Donovan

October 30th, 2013
11:18 am

Good for her… Obese kids reflect bad parenting.

Ray jay

October 30th, 2013
11:19 am

I don’t give out whiskey to alcoholics and don’t give out candy to sick children.

Good for her for speaking up against child abuse by these irresponsible parents.

Give non candy…duh? They don’t need more food but fat kid boot camp.

Karen

October 30th, 2013
11:22 am

Is this woman a doctor? (No. Watching medical shows on TV doesn’t count) Who is she to judge?
What a thoughtless thing to do. And those poor kids. Don’t you think they see who they are when they look in the mirror? Don’t tell them what they know. How horribly mean.

rob a whiteman

October 30th, 2013
11:22 am

Spence is dropping giants loads of science on people like trisha doherty in this thread….

Ray jay

October 30th, 2013
11:23 am

Sorry, the time foe ’sensitivity’ is long gone. A parent of a fat could should be shamed and put in the stocks and fed tofu.

I’m happy to shame abusive parents into stopping their abuse.

Robert

October 30th, 2013
11:27 am

Sounds like someone’s house really deserves an egging and TP’ing tonight.