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Halloween is all about costumes, candy…and fat shaming?
A Fargo, ND woman named Cheryl has taken it upon herself to police the candy hauls of trick-or-treaters she deems “moderately obese.” Instead of treats, she’ll be handing out this nasty note, according to TODAY:
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Cheryl called in to a local radio show, according to Valley News Live, to claim credit for the note, which has gone viral on social media, and explain her no-candy-for-you philosophy.
"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…I'm contributing to their health problems and really, their kids are everybody's kids. It's a whole village."
Halloween is not the right time to talk to kids about weight loss. And talk about torpedoing one of the best nights of a year for a kid…can you imagine ringing another doorbell after getting one of these? The child might already be in the midst of a weight-loss program, have health issues that contribute being obese, or be comfort eating to deal with a rough time -- none of which you can tell from an encounter with them on your front steps. Furthermore, as we’ve learned from the controversy of “fat letters” from school, kids who are called out in this way are at risk for bullying and even eating disorders.
No word on whether Cheryl is a mother or if she herself plans to dress up. However, costume or not, she’s already a witch this year.