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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:50 am | Updated: 11:09 am, Wed Oct 30, 2013.

WEST FARGO, ND - A North Dakota woman has announced her intentions to hand out letters instead of candy to Halloween trick-or-treaters that she deems "moderately obese".

The note is addressed to parents and explains her decision to not give some kids candy.

According to Valley News Live, the woman, identified only as "Cheryl", called the Y-94 radio station on Tuesday during a discussion about obesity.  "I'm contributing to their health problems and really, their kids are everybody's kids. It's a whole village," she said in the interview.

The letter later surfaced and spread through social media.

In part, the note reads: "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."

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  • Bleeched posted at 2:59 pm on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    Bleeched Posts: 1

    This woman's efforts aren't going to do make one jot of difference to the kids she singles out as obese. She isn't a doctor, or a parent of these kids. She may have a valid "big picture" point, She just doesn't want to give out fruit because it's probably cheaper to just make up cards to embarass and shame these crumb crunchers.

  • rls444 posted at 1:03 pm on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    rls444 Posts: 1

    While I have to agree that far too many children are woefully overweight, and many are obese, perhaps Halloween isn't the time to drive home the message that their parents should be doing a better job of providing them with healthier food choices. After all, this holiday is for children and to punish them by withholding candy, instead of those who are really to blame, i.e. the parents, is bordering on cruel. Much better would be to set an example by giving out only nutritious treats, such as small bags of homemade trail mix, and hope that the parents of the chubby kids will get the message.

  • speakup posted at 11:35 am on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    speakup Posts: 9

    I would slap her, that is all....