I’m sure you have heard about the North Dakota woman who planned on handing out the following letter to the parents of obese children who visited her house on Halloween last night.
The text of 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 take a village to raise a child”? I am disappointed in “the village” of Fargo Moorhead, West Fargo.
Your child is, in my opinion, is 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 now allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits.
All I can say is what a totally inappropriate way to spread the message of healthy eating for kids.
First of all, if a child read the letter before the parent did, that boy or girl would probably feel bad about themselves, which does no good. If the parent reads the letter, he or she won’t get any new information because parents tend to know if their child is overweight or not.
On a much smaller scale, this reminds me of the Georgia campaign that pointedly displayed pictures of overweight children with provocative messages. That did not go over well either.
The way to combat the childhood obesity problem is by educating parents on the importance of feeding their kids a healthy diet. It also involves educating kids because kids aren’t dumb. My younger kids may not understand macronutrients but they know how to read a food label.
I would never in a million years give that kind of letter to children. Would you? How could it possibly help? Diane