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Woman handing out scolding letters, not candy, to obese kids

FARGO, N.D. -- One North Dakota woman isn't handing out treats to everyone this Halloween. Instead, she she says she's taking childhood obesity into her own hands with a letter she plans to hand out to children she believes are "moderately obese," reported ValleyNewsLive.com.

"I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight," the letter read. "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."

She emailed the letter to the Fargo news station after calling in Tuesday morning to a local radio station.

"They were chatting today and got a call from Cheryl out of the blue who really wanted to voice her opinion about obesity and that it really takes an entire community to solve the obesity challenge," says Y-94 Program and Music Director JT.

Dr. Katie Gordon, assistant professor of Clinical Psychology at North Dakota State University studies eating disorders and says that children and adolescents in particular are very conscious of fitting in with peers. She says the letter might hurt more than help.

"It's just that kind of thing that for some kids, if they're vulnerable, might trigger major problems," Gordon said.
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