Ok, so a North Dakota mom has decided she wants to battle the parenting community in her neighborhood by handing out “fat letters” to kids on Halloween to the ones she deems “fat”. So you send your kid out for a night of fun trick or treating with his or her friends. They walk up to her door and she eyes each kid, and goes, “ok you get candy, you get candy, but you look fat, you get a letter instead.”
An excerpt from this letter:
“You are probably wondering why your child has this note….”
“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…”
In a world where we are trying so desperately to teach our children not to bully other kids for their differences and to treat everyone with respect, now kids have to deal with adult bullies? Many of these kids might not even know they have a weight problem and have yet to deal with the problems they see in the mirror because they’ve never been told there is a problem. But now a trick or treating experience that is supposed to be fun, suddenly turns into a night of tears and thoughts of weather they are worthy enough.
A confrontation about a child’s weight needs to come from the parent and the pediatrician, not a stranger who has no idea about that child’s medical history. All this woman is doing is creating controversy and bad feelings, she’s not helping an obesity problem. She’s creating a bullying problem that now peers of that child who is handed a fat letter, can use as ammunition against them.
So listen Cheryl of North Dakota, worry about your own kids and if you’d like to help kids out there realize they are “fat”, why don’t you start a campaign at your kids school about getting kids into extra curricular activities or creating an exercising challenge for kids in your community? This would be better received by parents, teachers and kids in your community instead of sending kids away from your door crying.
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