A Fargo, North Dakota, woman, who has only identified herself as Cheryl, is making a stand against childhood obesity this Halloween by handing out letters to overweight children rather than treats, according to Valleynewslive.com.
Cheryl reportedly called in to Fargo’s Y-94 popular radio morning program to announce how she wanted to pull the coattails of parents whose children are overweight. The woman felt her letter would be a wake-up call to parents since obesity is plaguing a whopping one in three children in this country.
“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,” Cheryl contends as she defended her seemingly bizarre tactic on the air.
According to North Dakota State University Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Dr. Katie Gordon, who spoke to Valleynewslive.com, though, the unsolicited letters could do more harm than good. In fact, Dr. Gordon feels the letter could be detrimental to children psychologically and that weight matters should be addressed solely by the child’s parents and pediatrician.
“It’s just that kind of thing that for some kids, if they’re vulnerable, might trigger major problems,” Dr. Gordon says. “That’s not something that someone can judge — the health of someone — just by looking at them. I think that’s the main thing. 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.”