An anonymous American woman from North Dakota plans to give children who will be out for trick or treat this Halloween mean letters instead of the usual candies.
Workers clear snow from the sidewalks as a decorative display of pumpkins is coated by snow in New York on Saturday.
A local radio station in Fargo interviewed the woman who wants to send a message to the children's parents whom she will find "moderately obese." She said it was "irresponsible" for parents to send their kids out on Halloween to collect free candies.
The interview became viral with feedback from people who criticized the woman for giving out mean letters instead of candies. Commenters said the children who get to receive the letters and read them may cause eating disorders and self-image issues.
The woman's alleged letter was obtained by Valley News Live:
"Happy Halloween and Happy Holidays Neighbor!
You are probably wondering why your child has this note. Have you ever heard the saying, It takes a village to raise a child? I am disappointed in "the village" of Fargo Moorhead, West Fargo.
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
Growing Obesity Problem
Child obesity is a growing problem among developed nations with most children turning into obese adults. In Australia, an obesity study in Melbourne said the average waistline in Australia has grown to more than 5 centimetres since 2000. The 12-year study by the researchers revealed the inactive lifestyles and spiraling rates of obesity were lowering the life expectancy of many Australians.
Aussie adults, aged 25 to 34, have increased their waistlines up to 6.6 centimeters. They are also 6.7 kilograms heavier today compared to 12 years ago. Due to the alarming results, Melbourne researchers warned the people that Australia could become "a nation of couch potatoes" with average sitting times of about 10 hours daily.
The Ministry of New Zealand also reported a rise in the ratio of obese adults in New Zealand was 19 percent in 1997. In 2007, the rate increased to 26 percent. The country's obesity record rose to 28 percent in 2012. The report revealed similar obesity rates among men and women.
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