A North Dakota woman has gone rogue, declining to join in on the festive atmosphere of Halloween, and has instead decided to use the holiday as a message to parents of obese children- STOP FEEDING THEM SUGAR!
The North Dakota woman who would only identify herself as “Cheryl”, said she plans on handing out to select children she sees as overweight, a sealed envelope with a letter stressing the importance of parental guidance in their children’s eating habits.
“I am not denying any of the kids candy,” she said. “I am just hoping the parents are going to read this and think about it while they watch their kids get into bigger and bigger sizes of clothes,” she said while speaking to a local radio station. Radio host Corey Schaffer took the moment to say “As far as we know Cheryl is a local Fargo woman that think it is her mission to watch out for the overweight children of Fargo.”
After the broadcast, listener’s responses included “Ready, Eggs, FIRE!” Others said she should simply hand out healthy treats or just not answer the door this Halloween season.
A portion of Cheryl’s letter reads “Your 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.”
Still, this does bring up an important issue. Is it “Cheryl’s” place to be teaching parents how to feed their children? Or, is she right? She may simply be another person fed up with the increasing health problems our youth faces with sugary sodas and foods being crammed down their throats, and in an act of courageous defiance, has put her foot down and put her community on notice.
The radio show also insisted that the call was not a prank, saying the station was receiving e-mails from the woman for days prior to the call and seemed genuine in her intentions to raise awareness of childhood obesity in America.
“I don’t want to be the mean lady,” said Cheryl. “I don’t want to be the lady that everybody avoids.”
Sorry kids, but it looks like you may have to trade in those Snickers a Granola bar.
by John Amaruso