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N.D. woman to hand out "fat letters" to obese kids during Halloween
CBS News ^ | Oct 30, 2013 | Michelle Castillo

Posted on 11/01/2013 10:53:25 AM PDT by Innovative

Most children expect to get candy when they go trick-or-treating. But, if they stop by one Fargo, North Dakota woman's house, they might get an unexpected "fat letter."

A station manager told valleynewslive.com in Fargo that a woman identified as Cheryl called into the Y-94 morning program saying that she wanted to make a stand against obesity during Halloween. Her idea? Give children who had extra pounds on them a letter instead of a sweet treat.

"You (sic) child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season," the letter reads. "My hope is that you will step up as an adult and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits."

North Dakota State University assistant professor of clinical psychology Dr. Katie Gordon told valleynewslive.com that the unsolicited fat letters could cause emotional problems for these kids instead of helping them with their weight issues. She said that having an overweight or obese child should be a matter between the child's pediatrician and parents.

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TOPICS: Education; Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: busybody; candy; halloween; obasity; obesity
Yes, I am sure this is very helpful... NOT!
1 posted on 11/01/2013 10:53:26 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative

It is fake


2 posted on 11/01/2013 10:54:34 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan

I heard Todd Schnitt on his show out of Tampa say this story was debunked. It wouldn’t surprise me if it’s true, but apparently it’s a hoax.


3 posted on 11/01/2013 10:56:28 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Innovative

I hope this lady likes TP and eggs


4 posted on 11/01/2013 10:57:12 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Evil WILL flourish when good men WILL not act)
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To: Innovative

Three words...

“egg that house”


5 posted on 11/01/2013 10:58:36 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Impala64ssa; Last Dakotan

Article only says:

“Some people have questioned if the letter is a hoax, but it has sparked outrage nonetheless.”

BUT other things, like this is NOT:

‘Some California and Massachusetts schools have also been accused of sending “fat letters” home with students. These notes include scores of a child’s mass index (BMI), a height-to-weight ratio that is used by medical professionals to designate if a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. Other letters directly address if a child is overweight and obese, and include recommendations on how to help the child lose weight.

The practice has been discontinued in Mass. because of fears that the letters may cause self-esteem and bullying issues. “


6 posted on 11/01/2013 10:58:52 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Isn’t Halloween all about making children feel bad about themselves? If true, she is a ditz.


7 posted on 11/01/2013 11:06:39 AM PDT by kempster
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To: Innovative

At the very least, they should toilet paper her house. Except toilet papering means that you’re kind of popular and the kids think you’ll understand it as a joke.

This woman is beyond toilet papering. Maybe a lawsuit or two would do her good.


8 posted on 11/01/2013 11:07:39 AM PDT by livius
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To: Impala64ssa

The “fat letter” is a reality, and apparently schools actually send these home with kids who have “failed” the BMI test.

It wouldn’t surprise me if some idiot white liberal Obama voter decided to do her own neighborhood fat monitoring program.


9 posted on 11/01/2013 11:09:30 AM PDT by livius
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To: Innovative
Photo of her house today, covered with thank you notes.


10 posted on 11/01/2013 11:15:08 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Innovative

She is going to get “stomping out flaming sacks of dog poo” down to a science.


11 posted on 11/01/2013 11:18:23 AM PDT by Clay Moore ("In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: Innovative

This is what ‘liberals’ do. They are essentially fascists who say that they ‘care.’


12 posted on 11/01/2013 11:20:56 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Innovative

If she does this, her house, car, and garbage cans will become weekly targets and she will find burning bags of dog s#it on her doorstep for years to come.


13 posted on 11/01/2013 11:23:44 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SampleMan

Wow! Who did that? An entire football team?


14 posted on 11/01/2013 11:32:07 AM PDT by livius
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To: Clay Moore

In North Dakota I would expect the sack to contain real manure, the way they did when my father-in-law was spinning yarns about Halloweens past.


15 posted on 11/01/2013 11:35:39 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: Innovative

North Dakota State University assistant professor of clinical psychology Dr. Katie Gordon told valleynewslive.com that the unsolicited fat letters could cause emotional problems for these kids instead of helping them with their weight issues. She said that having an overweight or obese child should be a matter between the child’s pediatrician and parents.

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I remember when this problem first cropped up before the President’s Council on Youth Fitness way back in 62 educators were concerned that the gym and playing field be an developing ground for social, aesthetic, spiritual, and moral values—not just muscle building. Provide adequate opportunities for physical education training and the rest will follow.


16 posted on 11/01/2013 11:47:43 AM PDT by erlayman
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To: Innovative
Probably get a used car too.....

FMCDH(BITS)

17 posted on 11/01/2013 12:08:20 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: livius
Except toilet papering means that you’re kind of popular

Not if the TP is hosed down after hanging

18 posted on 11/01/2013 12:09:02 PM PDT by clamper1797 (Evil WILL flourish when good men WILL not act)
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To: clamper1797

No, that would seriously be a problem...instant paper mache.


19 posted on 11/01/2013 12:14:52 PM PDT by livius
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To: clamper1797

No, that would seriously be a problem...instant paper mache.


20 posted on 11/01/2013 12:15:29 PM PDT by livius
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To: Innovative

‘Some California and Massachusetts schools have also been accused of sending “fat letters” home with students. These notes include scores of a child’s mass index (BMI), a height-to-weight ratio that is used by medical professionals to designate if a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. Other letters directly address if a child is overweight and obese, and include recommendations on how to help the child lose weight.

To me, this is no different than when I was in Junior High in the mide 70’s and they had the President’s Fitness program (can’t remember the exact term) and the gym teacher weighed us all in front of everybody and we had to be able to perform so many push ups, sit ups etc to pass. Not sure when that ended.


21 posted on 11/01/2013 12:15:54 PM PDT by happilymarriedmom
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To: Last Dakotan

The same station did the bit about the lady who called in moving the deer crossing signs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFCrJleggrI

It’s the same woman.


22 posted on 11/01/2013 12:18:04 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Innovative

I figure the kids would give her ‘stupid’ letters in return.


23 posted on 11/01/2013 12:18:06 PM PDT by donmeaker (The lessons of Weimar will soon be repeated.)
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To: DManA

The revenge of Phil Hindry.


24 posted on 11/01/2013 12:20:12 PM PDT by donmeaker (The lessons of Weimar will soon be repeated.)
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To: Impala64ssa
It wouldn’t surprise me if it’s true, but apparently it’s a hoax.

Its one of those highly annoying morning shows on Fargo radio. My kids listen to it. They get callers to talk on about their private lives etc. Its all voice acted.

I'll bet they can't believe how far they got with it.

25 posted on 11/01/2013 12:21:57 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: DManA
It’s the same woman.

Probably one of the morning show's relatives, or a poorly paid voice actress.

26 posted on 11/01/2013 12:24:30 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: SampleMan

Wow, that’s a real wipe-out.


27 posted on 11/01/2013 12:24:54 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Last Dakotan

Or Grace down in accounting.


28 posted on 11/01/2013 12:35:06 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Innovative

Embarrassing coming from a deep deep red state. What is the woman thinking?


29 posted on 11/01/2013 1:12:11 PM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Innovative; Revolting cat!

30 posted on 11/01/2013 1:45:26 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

31 posted on 11/01/2013 1:46:36 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Innovative; Daffynition

32 posted on 11/01/2013 1:49:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Innovative

Toilet papering a house is a good trick.


33 posted on 11/01/2013 4:27:50 PM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Dear Ms. Cheryl

Get yournself to a grammarian.


34 posted on 11/01/2013 7:20:58 PM PDT by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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To: Innovative
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35 posted on 11/01/2013 7:31:39 PM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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