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This valiant woman in North Dakota has taken it upon herself to inform her neighbor's children that they are overweight/obese by giving...
This valiant woman in North Dakota has taken it upon herself to inform her neighbor's children that they are overweight/obese by giving them a letter instead of candy this Halloween.
Some initial thoughts:
- She's giving the letters to kids, but addressing it to the parents. This, in my mind, is spineless, cowardly, passive aggressive, and just plain cruel. If the woman is so concerned about how a person is parenting then she should have a face-to-face conversation with the parent. (You know, she should be willing to get punched in the face for what she believes in.)
- She's not a doctor. She's not a pediatrician or a pediatric dietician. She's just a person with an over-reaching opinion and a sense of entitlement.
- If she doesn't want to contribute to the childhood obesity epidemic, she could give out "treats" that aren't food -- stickers, toys, glow sticks, etc.
- This completely ignores the other epidemic -- kids are getting eating disorders at younger and younger ages. Having a stranger comment and criticize your weight is a very good way to start cultivating a negative body image.
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you know why this is funny.
I knew I was bigger than all the other kids. I didn't need some asshole neighbor telling me just how much I didn't fit in with all the other kids. I didn't need some asshole neighbor to add insult to the injury. And if some asshole neighbor had given me that letter to give it to my parents (1) I would have read it first (cause you know kids can read nowadays) and (2) my parents may or may not have asked me where that person lived.
I'm not saying that this lady should give out candy. That's her choice as to what to do -- but if you don't have enough to share with the whole class, don't bring in the cupcakes. Kids are very sensitive to being excluded and ridiculed.