October 31, 2013
Woman’s Plan to Give “Obese” Kids a Note Instead of Halloween Treats Blasted on Social Media
Featuring: Nina Eng, RD, Nutrition Coordinator, Plainview Hospital
A woman who said she's going to give "moderately obese” kids a finger-wagging note for their parents this Halloween instead of sweet treats is being scolded on social media.
The unnamed Fargo, N.D. woman said on a radio show she believes “it’s just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just ‘cause all the other kids are doing it.'"
Touting the motto, “It takes a village to raise a child,” the woman writes in the note she is “disappointed” in her village, going on to scold parents for poor oversight of their child’s nutritional choices.
“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.”
Reaction on social media to the woman's plan has been largely negative, with some referring to the woman as a bully and calling for her to stop food-shaming children. Commenters on Newsday's Facebook page called her "rude," with one person saying it was "none of her business".
Nina Eng, a Registered Dietitian and Nutritional Director for North Shore-LIJ's Plainview Hospital, said that it's not always appropriate to judge a child's health solely by appearance.
"Perhaps the parent is in fact rationing the candy and allowing the child to choose one or two of their favorite treats after they exercise by navigating the neighborhood house by house while trick or treating," said Eng.
Rather than scarring children with what Eng calls a rude letter, she suggests it may be better to "provide healthy snacks, stickers, or small change to the children that come to your area."
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