Kids across America are gearing up for yet another Halloween.
Costumes are flying off of shelves. According to one news report, the most popular costumes this year include the Despicable Me Minions, Breaking Bad’s Walter White, and Miley Cyrus in a teddy bear leotard a la the VMAs. FYI – I give double candy to all Jedis and Napoleon Dynamites.
Kids will plunder through neighborhoods and churches, scoring major stashes of candy. An estimated 158 million people will join in on the All Hallow’s Eve traditions, making economists and capitalists everywhere smile. An estimated $6.9 billion of retail sales will be generated by Halloween this year. The average American will spend just over $20 on candy to give to cute little door-knockers. Throw in costumes and decorations, and you’ve got a growing economic boom.
A woman only known as Cheryl from Fargo, North Dakota has put an unusual spin on the whole tradition of Trick-or-Treating. Disturbed by the childhood obesity epidemic in our culture, she has made the avant-garde decision to hand out letters of concern rather than candy to kids that she deems “moderately obese.” Her decision was made public in a morning radio interview on Y-24 in Fargo. She stated,
“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 ultimately shared a copy of her letter that is addressed to parents of these “moderately obese” children.
Experts have already begun to weigh in on the situation. North Dakota State University assistant professor of clinical psychology Katie Gordon stated that the letter could be more emotionally damaging than helpful.
So, what do you think? How do we process this as Christians? Is she showing love by being concerned for kids’ health? Is she misguided in sending a letter to parents via a child’s hand? How would you respond if your child came home with this sort of note? What is the proper Christian response to childhood obesity? To people who write letter like this?
Let the comments begin.