FARGO, ND -- A North Dakota woman said she won't be handing out candy to all the children who come to her door this Halloween. The ones she s thinks are obese will get a stern letter instead.
I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight, she told radio hosts of Y94 Morning Playhouse Wednesday. 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.
The woman, who remains anonymous, described the letter as a tastefully worded message to parents that they should take better care of their children.
The letter states:
You [sic] child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween..
When asked by radio hosts what business is it of yours how other people raise their children? she said she felt she was contributing to the poor health of other children and quoted the popular expression, it takes a village to raise a child.
Hosts suggested, why not just hand out small toys?
I don't want to be mean, the woman said.
It's just that kind of thing that for some kids, if they're vulnerable, might trigger major problems, she said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 11 percent of North Dakota high schoolers were obese in 2011, in line with the national mean.