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6:52 AM, Oct 30, 2013   |    comments
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Every one knows the feeling of being a young trick or treater and not receiving the sweet treat you desired, but what about receiving this?

A North Dakota woman has decided to take childhood obesity into her own hands with a letter she plans to hand out to children she believes are quote "moderately obese"

"I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight. 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 after calling in this to a local radio station Y94.

"They were chatting 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."

"I'm contributing to their health problems and really, their kids are everybody's kids. It's a whole village."

NDSU Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Doctor Katie Gordon 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."

Doctor Gordon says it's important to remember that one's appearance does not necessarily reflect whether or not a person has healthy eating and exercising habits.


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