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Woman to give "moderately obese" children a letter for Halloween, not candy.

Published On: Oct 30 2013 06:49:30 AM CDT
FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA -

A North Dakota woman wasn't shy about voicing her opinion on childhood obesity.

The woman, who goes by the initials, JT, called a Fargo, North Dakota radio station to tell them she would be giving letters instead of candy this halloween to children she believed were "moderately obese."

She told the station she had made the decision because she believes it's irresponsible for parents to send their very overweight children trick-or-treating.

"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,"JT told station Y97.

JT elaborated, explaining that it was the community's responsibility to combat obesity.

"I'm contributing to their health problems and really, their kids are everybody's kids. It's a whole village," she said.

An assistant professor at North Dakota State University, Dr. Katie Gordon, disagreed with JT's decision.

Dr. Gordon studies eating disorders and believes children are very sensititve about fitting in with their peers.

"It's just that kind of thing that for some kids, if they're vulnerable, might trigger major problems," she said.

 

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