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Woman decides to give advice instead of candy to overweight kids

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FARGO, ND (WCIV) -- A woman in North Dakota plans to tell parents of children she considers to be overweight to "step up" this Halloween.

According to Valley News Live in Fargo, instead of candy, she's handing out a letter to trick-or-treaters she deems "moderately obese."

The letter reads:

"Happy Halloween and Happy Holidays Neighbor!

You are probably wondering why your child has this note; have you ever heard the saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child'? I am disappointed in 'the village' of Fargo Moorhead, West Fargo.

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 season.

My hope is that you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits

Thank you"

The woman,  identified only as 'Cheryl' announced her idea on a morning radio show in Fargo Tuesday and her decision has gone viral across social media and other news outlets.

"Cheryl" said in her radio interview that she wanted to share her idea so that others could be inspired to do the same thing.

When asked if she should just hand out toys and avoid handing out candy all together, she said she didn't want to be "the woman that everyone avoids."

Comments on the Valley News Facebook page accuse the woman of being a bully, suggest she mind her own business and many say they would egg her house if they got such a letter.

Others speculate that it's all a promotional stunt from the radio station, Y94.

Some facts, however, are very real.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity affects one out of every six young people, nearly 18 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States.

The CDC suggests supporting healthy nutrition and developing physical activity programs in schools, limiting sugar while encouraging water intake and maintaining safe parks and playgrounds to promote playing outdoors.

Skipping out on the once-a-year tradition of Halloween treats is not on their list of suggestions.

See the full story and video from Valley News here.
To hear the original interview, visit the Y94 site here.

To see more about what the CDC suggests for parents, click here.

 

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