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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Judgmental woman 'fat-shames' kids on Halloween

Here we go again.

What is with all the 'fat-shaming' lately?

There have always been disapproving glares, quiet whispers and straight-up rude name-callers making overweight people feel uncomfortable, but when it comes to kids, that's just wrong.

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Especially when people hide gross judgement behind the guise of 'concern' or 'the child's best interest', like this woman from North Dakota planning to hand out this 'fat letter' to poor, unsuspecting children tonight.

The most offensive part of the letter reads:

"You [sic] 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."

I know what you're thinking - this is a joke, right?

Unfortunately, I have to say this jerk cold-hearted, judgmental woman really does exist.

While Halloween certainly isn't the healthiest of holidays, it's one day a year. If you want to go on a crusade to end childhood obesity, do it on your own time. Don't suck the fun out of one of kids' favorite holidays of the year. If she was really concerned, I could see handing out healthier treats or even none at all if she feels this strongly, but she has chosen to take perhaps the most ineffective approach I could have imagined.

And who the hell is this woman to judge which kids are 'moderately obese' and which aren't. She doesn't know  about their genetics, activity level or eating habits - she is just totally content judging them in the first 5 seconds she sees them standing outside her front door. Disgusting.

Don't get me wrong here, I'm not trying to support overweight kids or disregard the fact that it is a growing problem in this country, but it is not the responsibility of random strangers to pass judgment and wield out punishments to parents and children they feel don't meet their standards. Not giving an overweight child one snack-size Snickers bar is not going to resolve the problem, or make the kid any healthier.

There are individuals and organizations all over the country fighting this cause, and making progressive steps to making children more health-conscious and live healthier lifestyles. This woman should leave it to the people with genuine concern and tact to address this problem, instead of trying to embarrass small children on a holiday, make them cry and probably traumatize them for life.

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