Last month we told you about “fat letters” that were given to children at certain schools. These are letters to the parents of kids with what’s deemed as a potentially unhealthy BMI. Many parents were upset about the hurtful effects not to mention how it crosses the line between parent/pediatrician relationships.
If that wasn’t enough a North Dakota woman has decided to do the same and give out “fat letters” instead of candy on Halloween to kids she deems as being obese.
She believes it takes a village and she’s doing her duty to help fight childhood obesity.
Seriously? No one needs to point out your child’s situation but their doctor. You are not blind nor dumb. Instead of the schools serving healthier meals, less sugary drinks, and better snack options or funding athletic programs and incorporating recess again, they send a letter.
I remember as a child getting healthy treats from specific houses during Halloween. I hated it then, the raisins or apples but I would take that over a letter any day.
I actually worry about the woman because I do not know of many parents that take too kindly to a stranger passing judgement and calling their kid fat.
As a responsible parent, I for one, go through Jade’s bag or bucket and decide what she can and cannot have. On top of that we ration it out to her. In fact, in our china closet there are still pieces of candy from last Halloween and Valentine’s day. (Note to self, clean out closet).
How would you feel if your child got a letter instead of candy this Halloween?