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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rae sunners

October 30th, 2013
8:22 pm

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rae sunners

October 30th, 2013
8:30 pm

This woman is THE most insensitive , unkind person I could imagine. If she is so anti-sugar then why isn’t she either turning off her porch light and going to a movie or giving out healthy snacks? Is she the big SUGAR POLICE for the neighborhood? She is probably no one’s favorite neighbor anyway. Maybe someone should point out t her some of her defects because I doubt she is all that perfect as she pretends to be. Like, “Dear neighbor, I mean this in the nicest possible way but you have such a big butt it’s offensive” or “Dear neighbor, not to be critical but could you do something about your bad breath?”

Chad

October 30th, 2013
9:55 pm

“I’m sending you this letter because although I’ve never been married and have never had children, I feel it’s utterly appropriate to tell you what is wrong with yours.”

Can we get an address published? Eggs. Toilet paper.

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Danny

October 30th, 2013
10:24 pm

Ok for one the woman can’t use correct grammar maybe some one can get her a book on how write a sentence. Why write the letter and give it to the kids it is the parents fault by not telling their children to eat all the cake at one time.

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cinohio

October 30th, 2013
11:57 pm

My mom died recently she was thin. 5 ft. 84lbs. Most all her life. She died at 61 years os age of septis shock and (parden the spelling) pnemonia. There is medical issues wheather u are thin are fat. I am 50lbs. Over weight have been for about 15 years. Having kids and 3 back surgeries I am unable to physically do what I used to. However, I do try to do as much as I can. My son weighed 48 lbs. For a long time then his meds were changd. He went up to 97 lbs. In 3 months he was 11 years old at the time. So some weight changes can happen with medication also. He was 48 lbs. For at least 3 years. This Cheryl is just being cruel and vicious. She is also not very smart. My guess is she has never been happy in her life and wants to bring upset to others. She has probably never had a compliment. How sad.

Bernie31

October 31st, 2013
12:38 am

cinohio @ 11:57 pm – Aren’t You Hungry?

Michelle

October 31st, 2013
5:46 am

Dave – With so many peanut allergies…you may want to rethink giving them out. My kids don’t have allergies and would love to get pistachios but too many kids can’t have them at all.

Michelle

October 31st, 2013
5:49 am

This lady is not doing this out of love but rather out of meanness. She’s a horrible person. If my kid got that letter, she would have a problem on her hands.

khc

October 31st, 2013
7:29 am

if the shoe fits, wear it.

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Bumper

October 31st, 2013
10:48 am

Cheryl probably means well, but unfortunately it’ll probably take a week to rake all the TP out of her tree limbs.

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October 31st, 2013
11:14 am

connie

October 31st, 2013
3:18 pm

I think he police need to shut her down for handing out such letters. What a horrible person she is.