A woman in North Dakota has decided to give trick-or-treaters that she deems "moderately obese" a letter instead of candy this Halloween.
In a radio interview withY94 Radio, the woman said she just "wants to send a message to the parents" of kids that she believes are 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," the woman said, who chose to remain anonymous.
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."
It continues, "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."
One psychologist who spoke with Valley News Live in Fargo, North Dakota said she believes the letter will do more harm than good.
"Even if a child is overweight, they might be very healthy because of what they eat and how they exercise," said North Dakota State University's Katie Gordon. "It's ineffective, anyway, because it's not likely to help the kid."
However, a Pennsylvania cardiologist also told the news outlet that he thinks the woman is doing a service by passing out the letters.
"Eating disorders are a problem but the magnitude of that risk just pales in comparison to obesity," David Smith said. "Giving candy to an obese child is like giving a cigarette to a person with emphysema," Smith says. "It is giving a drink to an alcoholic. It is giving heroin to a drug addict."
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*Y94 Radio and Valley News Live contributed to this report.