Today in "that's a really rude thing to do" news, a woman in North Dakota says she'll be handing out letters instead of candy on Halloween, but only to the children she believes are "moderately obese."
This woman, Cheryl, called into a radio station saying, "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."
This is the letter that she sends out with the kids.
Obviously, this letter has gathered some internet attention.
Katie Gordon, an assistant professor of clinical psychology, says this letter could be more emotionally damaging than helpful.
"It's just that kind of thing that for some kids, if they're vulnerable, might trigger major problems," Gordon said. "Even if a child is overweight, they might be very healthy because of what they eat and how they exercise. It's ineffective anyway because it's not likely to help the kid."
David Smith, a cardiologist, actually agrees with the letter. He says it's a public service.
"I think it's a tough-love letter. Eating disorders are a problem but the magnitude of that risk just pales in comparison to obesity. Obesity in the last decade has taken over smoking as the leading health problem we face today. Giving candy to an obese child is like giving a cigarette to a person with emphysema," Smith says. "It is giving a drink to an alcoholic. It is giving heroin to a drug addict."
What do you think of this woman's decision to hand out the letter instead of candy? Let us know in the comments!